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This print anthology compiles the best fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that online literary journals have to offer in an eclectic collection in the manner of other broad-ranging anthologies such as the Pushcart Prize and The Best American Non-Required Reading. This is the first substantial attempt at creating an annual print compilation of the best of material published on ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Dzanc Books
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Dzanc
Jul 25, 2008 Dzanc rated it it was amazing
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'Best of the Web 2008'

The collection of online literature, from series editor Nathan Leslie and guest editor Steve Almond, offers a range of voices rarely found together.

By Chris Daley
July 27, 2008

With growing mainstream acceptance -- and, more important, better writing -- online literature has started to come into its own. Yet how does a curious reader make sense of it? Nathan Leslie had an idea. He's the series editor of "Best of the Web 2008" (Dzanc Books: 340 pp., $18 paper
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Richard Jespers
Nov 11, 2014 Richard Jespers rated it really liked it
Most of the pieces are vibrant with youthful and/or iconoclastic voices. A poor copy editor marred what was otherwise a fine premiere edition.

Funny story: my story “Basketball Is Not a Drug” was selected after having been published in Blackbird, and I considered it an honor to be represented in this inaugural edition of Best of the Web. The entire process moved along very quickly, and before I knew it, the copy had been released in July. I was never asked to read the “galley proof” (What’s that
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Chris
Jun 08, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
With growing mainstream acceptance -- and, more important, better writing -- online literature has started to come into its own. Yet how does a curious reader make sense of it? Nathan Leslie had an idea. He's the series editor of "Best of the Web 2008" (Dzanc Books: 340 pp., $18 paper); Steve Almond is this year's guest editor.

Culled from online magazines published between January and October 2007, the selections here represent three distinct categories: fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.
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LaTanya McQueen
Dec 28, 2008 LaTanya McQueen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like collected works, anthologies.
Before I even got my hands on this anthology, I was grateful to be included in it. I have been published in a variety of online journals and I appreciate and support the medium, especially for new writers trying to gain grounding and to get their voice out there in the world. So when I found out my story was going to be included in this first ever comprehensive online anthology, I was thrilled. Now that I own it and have read this collection, I am honored to be included in an anthology with so ...more
Jason Jordan
Oct 03, 2008 Jason Jordan rated it really liked it
Guest edited by Steve Almond and introduced by Series Editor Nathan Leslie, Best of the Web 2008 collects the best prose and poetry published on the Internet from October 2006-07.

What’s great about the book? It’s always pleasant to see Elizabeth Crane in an anthology—this time it’s “Promise” from Failbetter.com. Also, while I typically avoid reading anything with an overly medical nature (it freaks me out, man), Richard Jespers’s “Basketball Is Not a Drug” from Blackbird is phenomenal. Yeah, the
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Nathan Leslie’s seven books of short fiction include Sibs, Madre, Believers and Drivers. He is also the author of Night Sweat, a poetry collection. His first novel, The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice, was published by Atticus Books in 2012. His short stories, essays and poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines including Boulevard, Shenandoah, North American Review, South Dakota Review, and ...more
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