Best American Opinion Page Essays?

January 25, 2012 § 6 Comments

We respect David Brooks as a writer and thinker, but really, can’t the Best American Essays people every once in a while choose someone — an editor or writer — who represents the literary magazine end of nonfiction:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announces its 2012 ‘Best American’ series editors


  • The Best American Short Stories: Tom Perrotta (novelist, most recently of The Leftovers)
  • The Best American Essays: David Brooks (New York Times op-ed columnist)
  • The Best American Nonrequired Reading: Dave Eggers (editor of McSweeney’s); guest introducer: Ray Bradbury
  • The Best American Travel Writing: William T. Vollmann (author of 17 books, includingEurope Central)
  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing: Dan Ariely (author of The Upside of Irrationality)
  • The Best American Mystery Stories: Robert Crais (best-selling mystery novelist)
  • The Best American Sports Writing: Michael Wilbon (co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption)

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