Best Single Contemporary Writing Collection Ever?

I’d like to make the argument that Tin House‘s 10th Anniversary issue might be the strongest collection of contemporary writing ever.  This post is going to be less about me [gasp!] and more about the unbelievable amount of awesome that is included here:

FICTION

AMERICCA by Aimee Bender (Complete story)

THE PLANET TRILLAPHON AS IT STANDS IN RELATION TO THE BAD THING  by David Foster Wallace

LOW-HANGING FRUIT  by Jim Shepard

THE COUSINS  by Charles Baxter

I STAY WITH SYD  by Amy Hempel

A NIGHT OUT  by Joshua Ferris

ARF  by Stuart Dybek

DONKEY GREEDY, DONKEY GETS PUNCHED  by Steve Almond

WHAT, OF THIS GOLDFISH, WOULD YOU WISH?  by Etgar Keret (translated by Nathan Englander)

WHERE NOTHING EVER HAPPENS  by David Gates

FIVE FICTIONS FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT  by Lydia Davis

THE RIVER NEMUNAS  by Anthony Doerr

JASON WHO WILL BE FAMOUS  by Dorothy Allison

SUNDAY IN THE WINDY CITY  by Ron Carlson

POETRY

BURNING MAN HAIKU  by Olena Kalytiak Davis and Rick Moody

GOO IN THE VOID  FREAK-OUT  FIREBALL  PIONEER  by Lucia Perillo

MOSTLY OLD MEN  by Stephen King

BACKSTAGE PASS by D.A. Powell

SEMI SEMI DASH  NICHOLAS HUGHES IS DEAD  by Jillian Weise

HUMMINGBIRD  ODE TO MIX TAPES  MILITANT  by Sherman Alexie

SMUDGE  by Thomas Sayers Ellis

INTERVIEWS

COLSON WHITEHEAD by Rob Spillman

BARRY HANNAH  by Tom Franklin

ESSAYS

MY DEAR LITTLE ANIMAL by Jean Nathan

THE BLUE INSUPPORTABLE  by Tom Grimes

THROUGH A GLASS LIGHTLY  by Francine Prose

LOST & FOUND

ON SAUL BELLOW’S Ravelstein by Jon Raymond (Complete Essay)

ON ANDER MONSON’S Other Electricities by Cheston Knapp

ON DAVID MARKSON  by Rob Spillman

ON GEORGE HOWE COLT’S The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home by Jeanne McCulloch

ON CARL WILSON’S Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste  by Brian DeLeeuw

ON MANDY AFTEL’S Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume by Elissa Schappel

http://tinhouse.com/mag/back_issues/mag_back_order.htm
Issue #40, buy it!

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