Friday, January 04, 2008

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007

Finally, a book that's perfect for someone with A.D.D. Or if your interests fly all over the place, you'll enjoy this too. Don't like following books chapter by chapter? No problem! With The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007, you can just open to any random page and indulge yourself without worrying about missing key details. Because there are none! If you didn't notice, the title is The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007, which means there's no specific theme. You might find yourself reading a letter from Conan O'Brien to a graduating class. Or, just open to the intro written by Sufjan Stevens to find out why it took him so long to learn how to read. This best part of this is not knowing what you'll find next. I guess the consistent thing in this book is that most writings are thought provoking or down right hilarious as each was carefully selected by a team of microbiologists. I'm kidding about the microbiologists part. But they were selected by Dave Eggers, who apparently knows how to find good writings.


Anonymous said...

maybe i need to try this book

johnnny boy

Joe said...

This is a great book - and I'm not much of a fan of "contemporary" writing. As a testament to it, my wife is teaching a university level English 102 course and this is her primary text. She commented that there's this unbelievable thing happening in the English department: students are reading their assignments (and beyond) and discussing essays outside of required class discussions and papers.

Plus, you have to love the opening by Sufjan!