Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006

ISBN-10: 0618570519

ISBN-13: 9780618570515

Edition: 2006

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A brilliant collection, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 highlights a bold mix of fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, television writing, and more alternative comics than ever. Compiled by Dave Eggers and students from his San Francisco writing center, contributors include Judy Budnitz, The Onion, The Daily Show, This American Life, and George Packer.
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/11/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Matt Groening, 1954 - Matt Groening was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to start writing the comic strip "Life in Hell" for the newspaper he worked for. The strip had premiered in 1977 and appears in over 250 newspapers worldwide. Groening got his big break when the Fox television network was looking for a filler for "The Tracy Ullman Show." James L. Brooks had seen some of the "Life in Hell" strips and offered Groening a chance to create 30 second skits for the show. The skits were so well received that the newly titled "The Simpsons" for which Groening was now creator and executive producer of, debuted on Fox as a half hour Christmas special on December 17, 1989 and as a regular series on January 14, 1990. In 1993, Groening formed "Bongo Comics Group" which publishes "Simpsons Comics," "Itchy and Scratchy Comics," "Bartman," "Radioactive Man," "Lisa Comics" and "Krusty Comics." In 1995, he founded and published "Zongo Comics," which included "Jimbo" and "Fleener" Groening oversees all of the licensing and merchandising of the "The Simpsons." He is also a best selling author, publishing books such as "Life in Hell," "Work is Hell" and "School is Hell," based on his "Life in Hell" comic strip, and "Bart Simpson's Guide to Life" based on "The Simpsons" animation. Groening is also creator and Executive Producer of "Futurama," another animated prime time television show.

Dave Eggers lived in Illinois until his parents' deaths in 1991. The loss left him responsible for his eight-year-old brother and later became the inspiration for his highly acclaimed memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". Published in 2000, the memoir was nominated for a nonfiction Pulitzer the following year. Eggers has also written two novels and edits the popular "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" published annually. In 1998, he founded the independent publishing house, McSweeney's which publishes a variety of magazines and literary journals. Eggers has also opened several nonprofit writing centers for high school students across the United States. He currently resides in the San Francisco bay area with his wife and daughter.

Art Spiegelman is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Maus" and "Maus II". His work has been published in more than sixteen languages and has appeared in "The New York Times", "Village Voice", and "Playboy", among others. He has been a contributing editor and cover artist for "The New Yorker" since 1992 and lives in Manhattan.

Best American Fake Headlines
from The Onion
Best American Daily Show Exchange on the Anniversary of Watergate
from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Best American Ringing Defeat of Religion Masquerading as Science
from Kitzmiller v. Dover
Best American Answers to the Question "What Do You Believe Is True Even Though You Cannot Prove It?"
from The Edge Foundation
Best American Excerpt from a Military Blog
from A Soldier's Thoughts
Best American Epigraph Wherein a Contemporary Writer Quotes a Great Writer Who Died in 2005
from Saturday
Best American First Sentences of Novels of 2005
Best American New Words and Phrases
from The Oxford Dictionary of English, Revised Second Edition
Best American New Band Names
Best American Things to Know about Chuck Norris
from Chuck Norris Facts
Best American Things to Know about Hoboes
from The Areas of My Expertise
from The Georgia Review
from One Story
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea (excerpt)
The Insurgent's Tale
from Rolling Stone
The Innocents
from Wish You Were Here
The Iraqi Constitution
from The Washington Post
Me and You and Everyone We Know
from The Original Shooting Script
Wading Toward Home
from The New York Times Magazine
Are Iraqis Optimistic?
Room no. 12
from Zoetrope: All-Story
Pirate Station
from Gargoyle
The Kidney-Shaped Stone that Moves Every Day
from The New Yorker
False Cognate
from Hobart
Love It or Leave It
from Don't Get Too Comfortable
Trauma on Loan
from The Guardian
The New Mecca
from GQ
from Open City
Letting Go of God?
from This American Life
Here is a Lesson in Creative Writing
from A Man Without a Country
Kenyon Commencement Speech
Contributors' Notes
Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2005
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