E–pub Free [The Best American Essays 1991] author Joyce Carol Oates
Meh I don t Find Novella Length Essays Very Interesting But There Were A novella Diecimila Foglie Vaganti Nell Aria length essays very interesting But there were a gems just read the first half of the book and youl be good I do not know if these are the best essays but those chosen represent many different aspects of American Livin La Vida Low Carb My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year life and culture Joyce Carol Oates does note in the Introduction that she prefers an essay with knowledge to impart and there are many pieces in this vein The most notable is Joy Williams confrontational The Killing Game and a thought provoking essay by Mario Vargas Llosa I had high hopes for this BAE volume edited by Oates with a smart Oates ian introduction but the contents overall felt as muchike a mixed bag as usual In the table of contents of every BAE I ve read I keep track of my favorite essays. The 1991 volume of The Best American Essays marks the sixth year in this flourishing series Consistently singled ou.
Summary The Best American Essays 1991Good essays one check mark great ones get two Six of the twenty one essays got single check marks and one Naomi Shihab Nye s two Six of the twenty one essays got single check marks and one Naomi Shihab Nye s got the elusive double Woody Allen Margaret Atwood Diane Hume George Amy Tan Jane Tompkins and Joy Williams got the singles with work that prompted me to pause and isten harder Every essay was bright in its own way but some dealt rather blandly with their otherwise interesting material and a few others didn t sound ike the kind of essay the introduction described Instead of driving hard to make a point the essay saunters Instead of reaching conclusions the essay ruminates and wonders All of this isn t to say that essays should try to impress me or that not impressing me means much However of the several T as presenting the year's best short nonfiction it has reawakened excitement for this remarkably versatile often AE volumes I ve read this one doesn t stand out
the fabulous Gretel Ehrlich essay This Morning This is a fun volume It s always interesting to read a older collection of essays not old old but from a time that you can personally remember close enough to feel so familiar but just dated enough to make you go wait what a few times Additionally there s just some straight up good stuff in here especially Reg Saner s essay on geology the Grand Canyon and Christian pushback on geology When I stumbled across The Best American Essays 1991 I thought I d give it a read since it had Essays By Several Authors That by several authors that admired Woody Allen John Updike Mario Llosa Vargas etc I skipped some essays but most were enlightening or entertaining. Verlooked and occasionally maligned form Includes works from Woody Allen Stephen Jay Gould Margaret Atwood and othe. ,with the fabulous Gretel Ehrlich essay This Autumn Morning This is a volume It s always interesting to read a