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The Wall Street Journal says After a decade in which reading was considered about as hip as the Bee Gees the under 25 set is now buying books for leisure reading at three times the rate of the overall market The Best American Non Reuired Reading is a selection for young people of the best literature from mainstream and alternative American periodicals from The New Yorker to Jane Rolling Stone to The Onion Vibe to various magazines zines and journals that if you're over thirty you've never heard of This genre busting collection includes fiction young coming of age multicultural and nonfiction including articles on popular culture and politics profiles humor satire even alternative comics


10 thoughts on “The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005 (Best American)

  1. says:

    I read this a year ago and enjoyed a lot of these stories But tiger mending is the one I remember It's this little gem of Buddhist magic realism that left me feeling something intense but indescribable Suck on that Steinbeck


  2. says:

    As another entry into the modern canon of faux hip literary idols this collection works as a broad but shallow glimpse into the sub culture It may seem appealing in the short term but there isn't a lot to return to First of all many of the stories have a detached historical mood even when the events are ostensibly modern They're presented in a lackadaisical and slightly bemused way typical of nonfiction writing about the past when knowing about the future might occasion some winks and chuckles but not so typical of creative pieces Jessica Anthony's The Death of Mustango Salvaje and Aimee Bender's Tiger Mending both stilted and purposefully difficult mixtures of high and low culture have an aloof sometimes even sneering uality But taking those two out of consideration the historical type writing is not so disagreeable Jonathan Tel's The Myth of the Freuent Flier is written with a similar voice but in a kinder and easier way And J David Steven's The Joke reverses the formula creating a uniue and charming story that nevertheless doesn't stick its landing In a literary arena marked by sad and true first person studies Ryan Boudinot's Free Burgers For Life a sad painfully funny story about a small town sad sack wasting his time is by far the funniest Douglas Trevor's Girls I Know about Boston and hapless poetic studies is also brilliant but a little naive Dan Chaon's Five Forgotten Instincts and Stephen Elliott's My Little Brother Ruined My Life try so hard to be uncompromising and bleak that when they reach for a conclusion it can only ring false Amber Dermont's Lyndon and Molly McNett's Catalogue Sales both work at managing the hardships of becoming a young woman George Saunders' Bohemians mixes coming of age memoir with uirky suburban living and Rattawut Lapcharoensap's At the Café Lovely retells a trite but lovely episode about brotherly love in Thailand Daniel Alarcon's gauzy and melancholy Florida along with Jhumpa Lahiri's spirited Hell Heaven uncover long standing wounds of adulthoodA few journalistic pieces are showcased here Two of them deal with the war in Ira Tish Durkin's Heavy Metal Mercenary and Al Franken's Tearaway Burkas and Tinplate Menorahs Durkin's article appearing as it did in Rolling Stone is a strange and undisciplined kind of writing one that brushes up against big issues but rejects them in favor of sexy and facile images usually about rock 'n roll Franken's essay about his own experience performing with the USO in Ira is passionate but freuently boring and most surprising of all not very funny An essay about ex Mormon outcasts Jeff Gordinier's The Lost Boys skillfully reports on an engaging subject but doesn't exactly show any amazing writing ability Kate Krautkramer's Roadkill on the other hand has amazing writing but very little to say Also included are two stories that to me have a similar impact as nonfiction Stephanie Dickinson's A Lynching in Stereoscope is an arresting but too familiar glimpse into racist America And Lauren Weedman's Diary of a Journal Reader the last piece in the anthology is a stupid and forgettable memoir ish indulgence


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    Reading Dave Egger's ingratiating and irritatingly self flattering Foreword to this volume why is it even when he's talking about others that Dave Eggers is always talking about himself? one hopes desperately that he is being ironic when he says that the pieces in the anthology were selected by a group of high school students Unfortunately he appears to have been telling the truth This is arguably the worst of the Best American Nonreuired Reading series though the competition is pretty stiff Maybe 2005 was just a lousy year for writing Maybe we shouldn't be expected to pay full price to read stories and essays that appealed to high school students Maybe Dave Eggers really can't tell decent writing from drivel Or maybe all threeI would save exactly two pieces from this book Aimee Bender's Tiger Mending and Stephanie Dickinson's A Lynching in Stereoscope both of which are marvelous The rest of the book ranges from decidedly not marvelous to aggravating self referential and banal When you get to the last four pieces Jonathan Tel's The Myth of the Freuent Flier Douglas Trevor's Girls I Know William T Vollman's They Came Out Like Ants and Lauren Weedman's Diary of a Journal Reader you realize you're deep in the Swamp of Complacencies that is the province of graduate writing programs and of writers like Eggers and the McSweeney crowd too clever by half damn impressed with themselves and at base utterly uninterested in readers Writing for them is an essentially masturbatory act that precludes an other I'd put Beck's Introduction as superficial and trivial a piece of writing as you'll ever find into the same category It is apparently included in BANR 2005 solely for the cool factor bona fides that someone like Beck could provide in 2005 and not because Beck has a single intelligent or interesting observation to make about writing Plus Beck was about to feature Eggers on his next album so hey One hand washes the other high up there in the Hiposphere And that seems to be Eggers all over so doggone determined to be alternative that he becomes numbingly the same as everything else


  4. says:

    Jessica Anthony is the author of this story and I plan to look up of her works Curious Homo sapiens we are We want to know and learn Reading is never a chore for me when it's something new and here it is in this story I chose this book at random then story #2 was my random pick for today with no regretsIt is 24 pages long about a young girl bullfighter a matadora Her father dressed her every day for the past 10 years in glorious looking Traje de Luces Her name is Cristina and her bull fighter's name is Wild MontanaSueezed in this short story are gems such as talent isn't something you have it's something you useHer dad takes anxiety pills and offers one to her for her nerves he says and she responds with I don't have any nervesEugeniodad prays for her before every fight It goes like this Please let the girl fight well Then let her marry well and live in the country Above all let her recognize You and thank You for bringing her to this moment of stardom Cristina wonders What stardom? The committee team making the selection of stories to be published are High School students; their bios written in Dave Eggers' amazing foreword


  5. says:

    On a mobile device so I'll be briefDecent but should be entitled best short stories for smart learned literary teenagers from the Bay Area to read in 2005 Having such a shallow diversity of age and life experience in the selection committee leads to a relativelyMonotonous selection of stories Wouldn't love a collection selected by all young lac professors or old romance authors or political long form journos They're all great but spice is the variety of lifePlenty of schadenfreude in this especially while reading free burgers


  6. says:

    Nonreuired reading has such potential as a category And on occasion the kids find something really worth reading But I must admit that I'm inclined now to turn to those collections in the Best American series that are edited by authors rather than teenagers There's a level of pretension in these collections that becomes a bit muchLoved the short story The Joke though


  7. says:

    Some good writing and a good way to see writing out there since it pulls from so many places Only one story had I read before and most of then were ones I wouldn't have wanted to miss Good collection


  8. says:

    Here's an excerpt from my review of this book on my blog You can check out the rest of the review here two years ago I reviewed The Best American Short Stories 2013—one annual collection amongst many “Best American” categories I poked fun at the Best American Nonreuired Reading series suggesting it was an attempt to “lure angsty rebellious teens I wasn’t entirely wrong Each year some lit savvy Bay Area high schoolers choose “the best” works of that year from a range of genres fiction nonfiction journalism cartoons etc Dave Eggers author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius highly recommend oversees the group and edits the final compilation I read The Best American Nonreuired Reading 2005 which I randomly selected from a lovely mom and pop bookstore in Charlottesville shout out to Heartwood Books Beck wrote the introduction because of course he did Beck does everything Aside from make music that I actually enjoy listening to Sorry Beck Beck does a good job of explaining the value of reading something not reuired—the relationship you have with a form of entertainment that you personally actively seek out Referring to his childhood reading curiosities he says “Everything we gravitated to probably had the weight of something discovered on one’s own like we’d uncovered some secret thing nobody else knew” Eggers xxxi As with any collection I love some like others and don’t like a few I love Hell Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri—author of Interpreter of Maladies As in her Pulitzer Prize winning book Lahiri integrates her Indian American experiences to show a coming of age culture clash for first generation immigrants I also love Al Franken’s Tearaway Burkas and Tinplate Menorahs—a comedic account of his 1999 USO tour Trigger warning one of the sketches he details is troubling in light of the sexual assault allegations from his 2006 USO tour I’m going to keep my opinions to myself on this one ahem martyr and simply say that his piece is very well written; it makes me laugh and gives insight as to what a USO tour entails I love George Saunders’ Bohemians and Manifesto Apparently these high school kids love him too considering they include him twice Because he’s the short story king I’ve already reviewed his collection Tenth of December which I have truly not stopped thinking about since I read it two years ago I revisit it from time to time It’s a bedside table kind of book I do not like They Came Out Like Ants an article by William T Vollmann that drones on and on and on and on and on and on about underground tunnels built by Chinese immigrants in Mexicali Do you like some of these things? Do you not like some of these things? I’m going to suggest that you will probably like most of these things As indebted as I am to The Best American Short Stories series for provoking the short story addict within me the mix of fiction and nonfiction within a collection makes The Best American Nonreuired Reading especially appealing


  9. says:

    I remember a few of these stories being good Amber Dermont's Lyndon Gordinier's The Lost Boys Lahiri's Hell Heaven and Douglas Trevor's Girls I Know fall into this category along with Vollmann's strange reportage They Came Out Like AntsI remember a couple of these stories being very good I'm looking at you Daniel Alarcon's Florida and Jessica Anthony's The Death of Mustango SalvajeI remember one of these stories utterly tearing me up inside That would be Stephanie Dickinson's A Lynching In Stereoscope which somehow finds a new way to talk about a well known and reviled aspect of our historyThere are moments here but that's about it


  10. says:

    I will always come back to read 'Manifesto' and be reminded of an uncertain and unknown unity