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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007 Paperback – October 10, 2007
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DAVE EGGERS is the editor of McSweeney’s and a cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth, located in seven cities across the United States. He is the author of four books, including What Is the What and How We Are Hungry.
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"What Is Your Dangerous Idea" was a great book, full of bite-sized, provocative essays. Unfortunately Best American Non-Required 2007 copied a dozen or more of these essays for it's pages, filling up about a fifth of the book. I'd like to make some comments about kids in high school padding assignments, but that seems mean. My point is, why buy a book full of another book? If "What is Your Dangerous Idea" was good enough to fill up a sizeable portion of Best American, why not just buy "What is Your Dangerous Idea"? The whole point of being an editor is that you choose the best.Read more ›
The premise is simple - San Francisco high school students scour through literary magazines, independent publications, and on-line journals for articles, stories, vignettes, and memoirs that they consider the best. They share their findings with each other and with their editor, Dave Eggers, until they've parsed it down to a few pieces to publish in this NonRequired Reading volume.
Who would've thought that high schools students would have the ability to spot stories to move me emotionally. Me, a jaded forty-one year old man who heaps cynicism on top of his morning cereal the way some spoon out blueberries, or sugar. But they did. Story after article after first-hand account all pulled emotions from me and sat stewing in my mind for days afterward. There wasn't a bad one in the bunch.
The first section is assorted lists and memes, which I consider filler. It was fun I suppose, but the heart of the book lies in Section Two.
The best of it all was from my all-time favorite essayist, Scott Carrier. He weaves an account of his time in Burma before the crackdown. When reading it I was struck by the obvious - how could we have been surprised?
After that brilliance the next story that caused me to ponder for days after reading was by Lee Klein.Read more ›
This is music to the ears those of us with warped senses of humor.
Goth is dying, most bands are industrial, an informant tells Jonathan Ames in his piece entitled 'Middle-American Gothic'. The graphic story by Alison Bechdel concerning a father's intentional or accidental death is engrossing. D. Winston Brown, in 'Ghost Children', opines that time can transform violence.
Burma, the size of Texas, called Myanmar, is a place of absolute government control. Scott Carrier, 'Rock the Junta', claims he lied on his visa application to get into the country. Incipient consumerism, a condition he has encountered in other parts of the world, confronts him as he goes in quest of political truths. Foucault described the effects of surveillance. The Burmese poeple, it is asserted, suffer from surveillance.
In the main, women are empathizers and men are synthesizers, (from 'What is Your Dangerous Idea?'). Query--will human beings understand the universe, ever? Reasonably considered, scientific knowledge may be pursued only for its practical applications. In 1900 most inventions involved physical reality. In 2005 they revolve upon virtual entertainment. Today a technological elite owns the country's intellectual property.
Stephen Elliott, 'Where I Slept', had been a known drug user and eighth grade drinker. At least two characters in this collection wear sleeping masks. In 'How to Tell Stories to Children' two of the characters determine that they have forty minutes before the perishables perish and so they have time for tea.
Lee Klein, in 'All Aboard the Bloated Boat' compares Barry Bonds to Jimi Hendrix.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Short stories by Dave Eggers and Company, same as last year and the year before, great stuff. Its better than the stuff youll find in readers digest or the new yorker.Published on December 18, 2012 by Clint Gannon
I got this book for the Conan Speech in it and found many more worthy works in it. The book is in great condition.Published on October 20, 2011 by Reem A
Tastes great! Less filling!
Ok. This is the first BANR I've actually read (2007 version), but I'm so glad I bought it. Read more
Dave Eggers very openly describes the process by which he leads the team of Bay Area young adults in choosing the pieces included in the "Best American Nonrequired Reading" series,... Read morePublished on January 18, 2009 by cs211
This is a collection of off-beat and overlooked pieces--short stories, essays and various articles--from a wide range of 2007 publications. Read morePublished on April 8, 2008 by J. Bosiljevac
Good, good stuff thus far...we'll see about the "Best" when I finish. The scintillating wit of Mr. Stevens' intro is enough to convince me that it will live up to its title. Read morePublished on February 13, 2008 by Mabel Gray
What a fun, engrossing, bizarre and eclectic read this is - it starts off with a funny introduction by Sufjan Stevens followed by poetry about Ed Asner, "Best American" selections... Read morePublished on November 9, 2007 by Andrij W. Zip