Let’s call it “List Thursday”: The 10 Best Essay Collections I’ve Ever Personally Read

1)     A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again – David Foster Wallace
2)     How to Travel with a Salmon – Umberto Eco
3)     The Great Shark Hunt – Hunter S. Thompson
4)     Stranger than Fiction – Chuck Palahniuk
5)     Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs – Chuck Klosterman
6)     Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
7)     Consider the Lobster – David Foster Wallace
8)     How to be Alone – Jonathan Franzen
9)     Armageddon in Retrospect – Kurt Vonnegut
10)   The Secret Miracle – Daniel Alarcon

Honorable Mentions:

  • The New Journalism – Tom Wolfe
  • On Literature – Umberto Eco
  • 13 Ways of Looking at a Novel – Jane Smiley
  • On Writing – Ernest Hemingway
  • A Man Without a Country – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Mentors, Muses and Monsters – Elizabeth Benedict
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