Best of the Web 2008

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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 online.

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Overview

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 online.

“[The] mingling and occasional blurring of genres distinguishes Best of the Web from any other print collections showcasing online literature...the book is heartily significant , featuring work that is sometimes surprising...and sometimes exhilarating—not unlike the Web itself.”—Los Angeles Times

“The Internet is built for this work: short and weird, just what one’s attention span wants when clicking through. And Almond and Leslie wisely pick up on that, making the book worth paging through, as well.”—Time Out Chicago

“Such a development could not have come at a better time for online literary publishing.”—NewPages.com

“Though publishing online provides us the opportunity to present fiction free from economic imperative, permitting us, our authors, and our readers to relish in the experiment of expression, one of our great regrets is forgoing the sensation of binding it, printing it, holding the work we proudly select in our hands. Then along comes Dzanc Books, and this gift of a book, Best of the Web , that feels, to us, like the presentation of an award.”—Aaron Petrovich and Alex Rose, editors, Hotel St. George

“While reading this anthology, you may find yourself muttering , ‘Where did Dzanc find such brilliant fiction and non-fiction-y writing? Are they witches? ’ I don’t want to give away too much of the magic, but I will say this...yes, they are witches.”—Eric Spitznagel, web editor, Monkeybicycle.net

In Best of the Web 2008:

Zachary Amendt, Jonathan Ames, Arlene Ang, Michael Bahler, Robin Behn, David Bottoms, Kris Broughton, Benjamin Buchholz, Edward Byrne, Melanie Carter, Jared Carter, Nancy Cherry, Elaine Chiew, Andrea Cohen, Myfanwy Collins, Leigh Anne Couch, Elizabeth Crane, Stevie Davis, Bruce Fischer, Abby Frucht, Charlie Geoghegean-Clements, Garth Risk Hallberg, Seth Harwood, Edward Hirsch, Cara Hoffman, Sandra Huber, Richard Jespers, Christina Kallery, Thomas King, Anna Kushner, Frannie Lindsay, Valerie Loveland, Maurice Manning, LaTonya McQueen, Juan José Millás - translated by Peter Robinson, Amy Minton, Bill Mohr, Okey Ndibe, Stefani Nellen, Jenny Pritchett, Jacques Rancourt, Christopher Rizzo, Amy L. Sargent, George Saunders, R. T. Smith, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Andrew Sorge, Anne Dyer Stuart, Sarah Sweeney, Ron Tanner, Justin Taylor, Tess Taylor, Kim Whitehead, David Willems, Paul Yoon, J. W. Young, Claudia Zuluaga, introductions from series editor Nathan Leslie and edition editor Steve Almond, and interviews with select authors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979312342
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathan Leslie's six books of fiction include Madre, Reverse Negative, A Cold Glass of Milk, and Drivers. Nathan's short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in many print and online magazines. He is fiction editor for The Pedestal Magazine. His website is www.nathanleslie.com.

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Table of Contents


Series Introduction   Nathan Leslie     i
Introduction   Steve Almond     vi
Promise   Elizabeth Crane     1
A Girl Made of Glass   David Willems     8
Fish Catcher   Melanie Carter     10
Some Brief and Frightening Tips from George Saunders   George Saunders     12
Basketball is not a Drug   Richard Jespers     16
Route 1 North, Woolich, Maine   Tess Taylor     46
My Small Murders   Ron Tanner     47
An Interview with Ron Tanner     56
Zone   Christopher Rizzo     58
Overhanded   Amy Minton     66
Pageant Queen   J. W. Young     68
To See Them Again   Juan Jose Millas$dTranslated by Peter Robinson     77
[envy is a nude door]   Anne Dyer Stuart     80
Fireflies   Jacques Rancourt     81
The Black Folks' Guide to Survival   Kris Broughton     83
Corner Knows the Dust   Stevie Davis     95
Shotgun   Amy L. Sargent     99
The Jealousy of Angels   Justin Taylor     100
So You Know Who We Are   Carmen Gimenez Smith     103
Tattooed People   Seth Harwood     104
Ceremonial Spoon   Arlene Ang     113
Postcard From My Brother   Paul Yoon     114
Blue Shirt   Abby Frucht     125
The Split   Kim Whitehead     127
Swan Falls in Love with Swan-Shaped Boat   Christina Kallery     135
An Interview with Christina Kallery     136
The Stiff Jew   Michael Bahler     138
Prophet Township   Jared Carter     141
Tell Me if You're Lying   Sarah Sweeney     144
Waking   Cara Hoffman     154
Casa de Serenidad   Zachary Amendt     158
Thirst and the Writer's Sense of Consequence   David Bottoms     162
Okeechobee   Claudia Zuluaga     172
The Doctrine of an Axe   Maurice Manning     177
Bugaboo   Jenny Pritchett     179
Household Poisons   Thomas King     180
Yearly Trek to Bear Valley   Nancy Cherry     185
The Women of My Father   LaTanya McQueen      187
An Interview with LaTanya McQueen     190
The One That Got Away: Why James Wood is Wrong About Underworld (And Why Anyone Should Care)   Garth Risk Hallberg     192
Island Fever   Edward Byrne     207
Childbirth in Alabama   Robin Behn     208
The Minimalist Museum   Edward Hirsch     210
Eels   Sandra Huber     211
Olor a Cuba   Anna Kushner     222
Bruxism   Andrew Sorge     228
Still Life with Childhood   Andrea Cohen     234
Huckleberry Thumb   Elaine Chiew     235
Headway   Bill Mohr     237
Anatomy Test, Eleventh Grade   Valerie Loveland     242
My Biafran Eyes   Okey Ndibe     243
The CabalFish   Benjamin Buchholz     251
The Attraction of Asphalt   Stefani Nellen     256
Flat at Dawn and at Twilight   Bruce Fisher     258
An Interview with Bruce Fisher     266
I am not a man; I am dynamite   Leigh Anne Couch     269
Woodbury Notes   Charlie Geoghegean-Clements     270
Walking an Old Woman Into the Sea    Frannie Lindsay     272
What I Omitted from the Office Personnel Services Report   R. T. Smith     273
The Daughters   Myfanwy Collins     279
The Mystery of Henry's Bicycle   Michael Wood$dintroduction by Jonathan Ames     280
2008 Notable Stories     306
Contributors' Notes     312
Index     322
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