Vollman—six out of the seven volume editors are men determined were the superior written work in various categories—travel writing, essays, short stories—from the past year. Or rather, from last year. On the one hand, complaining about this feels crotchety. A few of the included pieces were genuinely timely, in the traditional news sense—I imagine it will be weird for readers to leaf through The Best American Non-Required Reading today and find celebratory essays about Occupy Wall Street from October —but most of the articles are either fiction or essays whose relevance does not depend much on current events. So then the solution is to update your Twitter and RSS feeds accordingly, read or ReadItLater or Instapaper the good articles as they come across your transom, and treat the Best American series as one more legacy medium that, like the land line, survives increasingly thanks to those members of the population still largely stuck in the analog age. Best American Essays contains 24 entries, which is exactly as many articles as Longform curated in the past week.
The Best Essays of 2012
Best non-fiction essay I read this year YOU OWE ME - Newman & Shapiro
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The Best American Essays 2012
The Wall Street Journal's Review served up some of the most-discussed essays of Below, a list of the most-read essays of the year. Why French Mothers Are Superior While Americans fret over modern parenthood, the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety. Pamela Druckerman on the Gallic secrets for avoiding tantrums, teaching patience and saying 'non' with authority.
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