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The essays by others that delight, impress, and inspire me.


Some Thoughts on Mercy by Ross Gay

Looking for Zora by Alice Walker

The Fourth State of Matter by JoAnn Beard

Against Joie de Vivre by Phillip Lopate

My Father’s Body at Rest and in Motion by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Shipping Out by David Foster Wallace

The Machine Stops by Oliver Sacks  

A Higher Calling by Mark Long

On Laughing by Patrick Madden

Learning to Surf by David Gessner

The Marginal World by Rachel Carlson

In Bed by Joan Didion

Ticket to the Fair by David Foster Wallace

The Violence of the Given World by Sarah Wells

My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest by Lori Lakin Hutcherson

Rants from the Hill Towering Cell Phone Trees by Michael Branch

Into the Woods by Melanie Plenda

Perfect Past by Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov, Vladimir. “Perfect Past.” The Best American Essays of the Century, edited by Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Atwan, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000, pp. 303 – 312.

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