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The Best American Series(r)
A true essay is something hazarded, not definitive, not authoritative; something ventured on the basis of the author s personal experience and subjectivity, writes guest editor Jonathan Franzen in his introduction. However, his main criterion for selecting The Best American Essays 2016 was, in a word, risk. Whether the risks involved championing an unpopular opinion, the possibility of ruining a professional career, or irrevocably offending family, for Franzen, the writer has to be like the firefighter, whose job, while everyone else is fleeing the flames, is to run straight into them.
The Best American Essays 2016 includes
ALEXANDER CHEE, PAUL CRENSHAW, JAQUIRA DIAZ,
LAURA KIPNIS, AMITAVA KUMAR, SEBASTIAN JUNGER,
JOYCE CAROL OATES, OLIVER SACKS, THOMAS CHATTERTON WILLIAMS
JONATHAN FRANZEN, guest editor, is the author of five novels, most recently Purity, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Kunste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
ROBERT ATWAN, the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986, has published on a wide variety of subjects, from American advertising and early photography to ancient divination and Shakespeare. His criticism, essays, humor, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous periodicals nationwide.
About the Author
JONATHAN FRANZEN is the author of five novels, most recently Purity, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project.
ROBERT ATWAN has been the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986.
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Many of the essays seem to be faux-edgy ('lookit me using the f-bomb!!' *yawn*) and the ones that are obviously chosen to push the social justice agenda (disclaimer: I am pro-social justice but anti-shoving-stuff-down-my-throat) are plagued with weak writing. Last year's had a number of essays about race which managed to also combine lyrical writing, fascinating structure--things that made them best ESSAYS and not best polemics.
Most of the writing, to be honest, was disappointingly weak. If these truly are the best essays that America produced in the last year, we're in trouble. I expect beautiful writing in these collections, such as Solnit or Purpura or even Dillard. I expect meditative writing, deep dives on insight and thought, and a valuation of language. Instead, this collection veers to the confessional, the sloppy confessional, without the art or lyricism in words. "Thin Places" is possibly the best example of this--something with great potential, but gets mired in the author's soppy wrangling.
There are a few decent essays, with those limitations. As always, Sacks's essay stands out as exactly what I want in these collections...but here it serves the point as showing how deficient the others are. Kipnis's "Sexual Paranoia" was fascinating to me, as an educator (who, frankly, always felt that sort of dating to be repugnant), but I'm not sure if I were not invested in education, if I'd have liked it quite as much. Similarly, Junger's essay--a nice study of PTSD, but it gets a little too preachy toward the end.
I guess it's a good record of 2016, where we do seem invested in preaching and telling people what to do, rather than inviting them to think. Let's hope 2017 is better.