"Afternoon of the Sex Children" reprinted from N+1 was very good.
This definitely colors my opinion (for instance: I thought the best essay was DFW's intro), but I really enjoyed most of the pieces.
Although I really likes several of the essays in this collection, there were many that I skimmed or didn't read.
While I have not yet read the entire collection, the intro by Wallace is worth the cost of the book anyway. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Karen Douglass
This anthology is beyond 14 billion light years away from being the best essays of any nation in any year. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Mammadon'tlie
These are all siper interesting essays. You can read them in any order and you can choose what to read or not.Published on February 25, 2011 by smithie149
This book, though it can give you a different view on certain opinions and topics, was very boring and hard to follow. Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by Jen
To be honest the choice of this book was that of the instructor of one of my adult education classes and the essays it contains vary in form from short stories to exposition; they... Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Don Borden
If this is really the BEST collection of American Essays, then American literature is lost in the wilderness and in dire need of a map and compass. Read morePublished on May 22, 2009 by ARWoollock
Absolutely terrific! Only DFW could have picked such excellent essays. And, his introduction, on its own, is worth the price of this book. Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by Michael W. Bartram
I normally thoroughly enjoy the annual volume of the "Best American Essays" series. This year, however, guest editor David Foster Wallace (he correctly calls himself "the... Read morePublished on January 17, 2009 by cs211
I admit I bought this books only because David Foster Wallace was this year's guest editor. Although I really likes several of the essays in this collection, there were many that I... Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by JustMelissa