“The New Kings of Nonfiction,” edited by Ira Glass

THE LOWDOWN
Published: 2007, 456 pp.
Obtained via: Library
Date started: 9.2.08
Date finished: 9.14.08
What I liked: This collection of essays is absolutely top-notch. I especially loved Malcolm Gladwell’s “Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg,” Michael Pollan’s “Power Steer” and Coco Henson Scales’ “The Hostess Diaries.”
What I didn’t like: I assumed the essays would be all recent, but some were quite old, like Susan Orlean’s “The American Man, Age Ten.” I also don’t like the fact that David Foster Wallace killed himself on the same day I read his work for the first time (“Host,” a very well-footnoted story).
What I learned: There are so many wonderful risks you can take in nonfiction writing.

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