The Best American Essays 2010

Two essays heavily reference the late Julia Child—and who could have a problem with that?

Makes up for 12 months’ worth of missed magazines in one fell swoop.

An image of Russian soldiers searching a mass grave in Grozny is balanced by the image of a family returning to the shattered remains of their home in a Chechen village.

You can read “Missed” in The Masters Review Volume II available for purchase, here.Read it cover to cover; put it on your coffee table; impress your friends.This magazine's so hot, it makes any number of editors in the lower-48 look like they're living in the ice age.In “The Sea of Information” (from the Kenyon Review), Andrea Barrett details research for a historical novel, funded by a fellowship that began in New York City on September 10, 2001.In “Consider the Lobster,” originally published in Gourmet, David Foster Wallace travels to the Maine Lobster Festival and vigorously shakes until all the lies drop right out of the lobster, and ultimately the meat industry.A true essay is “something hazarded, not definitive, not authoritative; something ventured on the basis of the author’s personal experience and subjectivity,” writes guest editor Jonathan Franzen in his introduction.However, his main criterion for selecting The Best American Essays 2016 was, in a word, risk.ROBERT ATWAN, the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986, has published on a wide variety of subjects, from American advertising and early photography to ancient divination and Shakespeare.His criticism, essays, humor, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous periodicals nationwide.The one-woman play adaptation of her erotic memoir, “The Surrender,” will premiere this August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.We’re so thrilled to announce that Masters Review author Traci Cox and her essay “Missed,” which was published in our second volume was selected as a Notable Mention in this year’s Best American Essays.

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