Edited by Hans Bertens, Theo D'haen, Joris Duytschaever, and Richard Todd.
Groningen, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff, 1988.
It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin.
In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, “black matter(s),” and human rights.
The collection concludes with Zandria Robinson’s eloquent portrait of her father as reflected in the music he loved (Oxford American).
Introduction, by Nicholas Thompson, editor in chief, Wired Acknowledgments, by Sid Holt, chief executive, American Society of Magazine Editors Delusion Is the Thing with Feathers, by Mac Mc Lelland, Audubon: Finalist—Feature Writing Worlds Apart, by Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times Magazine: Winner—Public Interest The Revenge of Roger’s Angels, by Gabriel Sherman, New York: Finalist—Reporting The List, by Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker: Finalist—Public Interest The Improvisational Oncologist, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, New York Times Magazine: Finalist—Reporting Trump Days, by George Saunders, The New Yorker: Finalist—Feature Writing President Trump, Seriously and “Appetite for Destruction” and The Fury and Failure of Donald Trump, by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone: Finalist—Columns and Commentary Democracies End When They Are Too Democratic, by Andrew Sullivan, New York: Finalist—Essays and Criticism The Obama Doctrine, by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic: Finalist—Reporting Yellowstone: Wild Heart of a Continent, by David Quammen, National Geographic: Finalist—Single-Topic Issue My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard, by Shane Bauer, Mother Jones: Winner—Reporting Bird in a Cage and The Ideology of Isolation and Giantess, by Rebecca Solnit, Harper’s Magazine: Winner—Columns and Commentary Ladies in Waiting, by Becca Rothfeld, The Hedgehog Review: Finalist—Essays and Criticism The Reckoning, by Pamela Colloff, Texas Monthly: Finalist—Columns and Commentary Listening for the Country, by Zandria F.
Before joining Wired, Thompson served as editor of New from 2012 to 2017.
His 2009 book, The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War, was published to critical acclaim.
Great as it is, Robinson's collection only whet our appetites for more essays by contemporary writers, so in case it does the same for you, we've put together a list of contemporary essayists we think everyone should be reading right now (or, you know, whenever you finish watching ).
We've tried to stick to authors who are still alive—so David Foster Wallace and Christopher Hitchens are off the table, though they both would have made this list with flying colors were they still with us—and limited ourselves to American writers, but even with those caveats, there is enough in these writers' oeuvres to keep you up and thinking for weeks on end.