Ed. Atwan, Robert; Talese, Gay
Date finished: 2002-06-18
Notable essays included here: Gary Giddins's "This Guy Wouldn't Give You the Parsley off His Fish", a fun discussion of Jack Benny's comedy; Donald Hall's "Winter", a meditative portrait of coping with winter in New Hampshire; Barry Lopez's "The Stone Horse", a moving and brief essay about desert archaeolgy and history; "The Master Builder", Elting E. Morison's insightful sketch of his great uncle George S. Morison, a noted 19th-century civil engineer and bridge-builder; Calvin Trillin's account of murder and scandal in a small town, "Rumors Around Town"; Geoffrey C. Ward's "Tiger in the Road!", mixing reminiscences about hunting in India with an account of the current state of nature preserves there; and finally, "Land of Wizards", Tom Wolfe's attack on the patent system through a portrayal of a single inventor mired in litigation.
%T The Best American Essays 1987 %@ 2002-06-18 %E Atwan, Robert %E Talese, Gay %G ISBN 0899195334 %K essays