Best American Essays

A selection of non-fiction writing first published in US magazines.

Episodes

SeriesEpisodeTitleFirst
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LB01Influenza 19181999020120001128by Jane Brox.

How one town in America was devastated by the 1918 'flu epidemic.

LB02Reading Aloud1999020220001129Nicholson Baker's entertaining account of his first public reading, at the Edinburgh Book Festival.
LB03One Violent Crime1999020320001130by Bruce Shapiro.

Eyewitness accounts of a random knife attack in which seven people were stabbed in a coffee shop.

LB04Last Call Of The Wild1999020419990129
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by Jonathan Rabin.

The passion and pleasure of fly-fishing for wild steelhead trout in the rivers east of SEATTLE.

LB05 LASTTake The F1999021119990205
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by Ian Frazier.

An insider's view of NEW YORK life, via the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan.