Nov 24, 11
I liked this collection a lot because of the variety of not only voices, but especially styles. I could see a purist expressing this as a fault - that some of the prose is tailored to transport you into the throes of imagination, like a piece of fiction, and don't exist as presentations of cut-and-dry editorials. Zadie Smith gave an excellent essay, in the traditional sense, on Facebook. Many were POV style, memoir-esque excerpts, and some even experimental. My favorite discoveries were the likes of Steven Church, Toi Derricotte, Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Charlie LeDuff (with an elegant but devastating piece on Detroit), Patricia Smith, and perhaps the most creative, was Christy Vannoy's "A Personal Essay by a Personal Essay."