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http://www.hmhbooks.com/hmh/site/bas/bestamerican/essays The provocative and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens takes the helm of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this perennial favorite that is reliable and yet still surprising--the best of the best (Kirkus Reviews).
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  The Best   AMERICANESSAYS ® 2010 Edited and with an Introductionby  Christopher Hitchens Robert Atwan, Series Editor a mariner srcinalhoughton mifflin harcourt boston ã new york 2010  Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mi in Harcourt Publishing Company Introduction copyright © 2010 by Christopher Hitchens all rights reserved The Best American Series® and The Best American Essays  are registered trademarkso Houghton Mi in Harcourt Publishing Company.No part o this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any orm or by any means,electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any inor-mation storage or retrieval system without the proper written permission o thecopyright owner unless such copying is expressly permitted by ederal copyright law. With the exception o nonproft transcription in Braille, Houghton Mi in Harcourt is not authorized to grant permission or urther uses o copyrighted se-lections reprinted in this book without the permission o their owners. Permissionmust be obtained rom the individual copyright owners as identifed herein. Ad-dress requests or permission to make copies o Houghton Mi in Harcourt mate-rial to Permissions, Houghton Mi in Harcourt Publishing Company, 215 Park Av-enue South, New York, New York 10003. www.hmhbooks.com issn 0888-3742 isbn 978-0-547-39451-0Printed in the United States o America doc 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1“Who Killed Tolstoy?” rom The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, by Eli Batuman. Copyright © 2010 by Eli Batuman. Re-printed by permission o Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Originally published in Harper’s, February 2009, under the title “The Murder o Leo Tolstoy.”“The Bad Lion” by Toni Bentley. First published in the New York Review o Books,  November 5, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Toni Bentley. Reprinted by permission o Toni Bentley.“The Dead Book” by Jane Churchon. First published in The Sun, February 2009.Copyright © 2009 by Jane Churchon. Reprinted by permission o Jane Churchon.“Irreconcilable Dissonance” by Brian Doyle. First published in Oregon Humani- ties, Fall/Winter 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Brian Doyle. Reprinted by permissiono Brian Doyle.“The Elegant Eyeball” by John Gamel. First published in Alaska Quarterly Review,  Spring/Summer 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Alaska Quarterly Review. Reprinted by permission o  Alaska Quarterly Review. “How Einstein Divided America’s Jews” by Walter Isaacson. First published in the  Atlantic, December 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Walter Isaacson. Reprinted by per-mission o Walter Isaacson. Excerpt rom The Collected Papers o Albert Einstein, by Al-bert Einstein. Copyright © 1987–2008 Hebrew University and Princeton University Press. Reprinted by permission o Princeton University Press.“Lunching on Olympus” by Steven L. Isenberg. First published in the American   Scholar, Winter 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Steven L. Isenberg. Reprinted by permis-sion of the author. Excerpt from “In Memory of W. B. Yeats” by W. H. Auden. Copy-right © 1940 and copyright renewed 1968 by W. H. Auden, from Collected Poems  by  W. H. Auden. Used by permission of Random House, Inc. Excerpt from “Poem About a Ball in the Nineteenth Century” by William Empson, from The Complete Po- ems: William Empson, edited by John Haffenden (Allen Lane/The Penguin Press,2000). Copyright © Estate of William Empson, 2000. Reproduced by permission of Penguin Books Ltd. Excerpt from letter dated 28 June 1982 from Philip Larkin toChristopher Ricks. Reprinted by permission of Marvell Press.“Me, Myself, and I” by Jane Kramer. First published in The New Yorker, September7, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Jane Kramer. Reprinted by permission of JaneKramer.“When Writers Speak” by Arthur Krystal. First published in the New York Times Book Review, September 27, 2009. Copyright © 2009 the New York Times. All rightsreserved. Used by permission and protected by the copyright laws of the UnitedStates. The printing, copying, redistribution, or retransmission of the Material with-out express written permission is prohibited.“A Rake’s Progress” by Matt Labash. First published in the Weekly Standard, Sep-tember 7, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Matt Labash. Reprinted by permission of The Weekly Standard.“Brooklyn the Unknowable” by Phillip Lopate. First published in Harvard Review,  no. 37. Copyright © 2009 by Phillip Lopate. Reprinted by permission of the au-thor.“On John Updike” by Ian McEwan. Previously published in the New York Review of Books, March 12, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Ian McEwan. Reprinted by permissionof Ian McEwan.“My Genome, My Self” by Steven Pinker. First published in the New York Times Magazine, January 11, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Steven Pinker. Reprinted by per-mission of Steven Pinker.“Gyromancy” by Ron Rindo. First published in the Gettysburg Review, August 2009. Copyright © 2009 by Ronald Rindo. Reprinted by permission of RonaldRindo.“Guy Walks into a Bar Car” by David Sedaris. First published in The New Yorker,   April 20, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by David Sedaris. Reprinted by permission of David Sedaris and Don Congdon Associates, Inc.“Speaking in Tongues” by Zadie Smith. First published in the New York Review of Books, February 26, 2009. From Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays  by Zadie Smith,copyright © 2009 by Zadie Smith. Used by permission of The Penguin Press, a divi-sion of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Excerpts from “In Memory of My Feelings” from The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara  by Frank O’Hara, edited by Donald Allen. Copy-right © 1971 by Maureen Granville-Smith, Administratrix of the Estate of FrankO’Hara, copyright renewed 1999 by Maureen O’Hara Granville-Smith and Donald Allen. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.“Rediscovering Central Asia” by S. Frederick Starr. First published in Wilson Quarterly, Summer 2009. Copyright © 2009 by S. Frederick Starr. Reprinted by per-mission of the author.“Gettysburg Regress” by John H. Summers. First published in the New Republic,    March 18, 2009. Copyright © 2009 by John H. Summers. Reprinted by permissiono John H. Summers.“Fatheralong” by John Edgar Wideman. First published in Harper’s, August 2009.Copyright © 2009 by John Edgar Wideman, used with permission o The Wylie Agency.“Daredevil” by Garry Wills. First published in the Atlanic, July/August 2009.Copyright © 2009 by Garry Wills, used with permission o The Wylie Agency. Re-printed by permission o The Wylie Agency, LLC.“A Fine Rage” by James Wood. 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