Links to the essays are provided when available. So to make my list of the top ten essays since less impossible, I decided to exclude all the great examples of New Journalism--Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Michael Herr, and many others can be reserved for another list.
The Best Essays I Read in As part of my annual review processI took a few hours to look through my research database for great essays and blog posts I read in Major research topics this year included business, entrepreneurship, learning, skill acquisition, productivity, psychology, health, science, systems, wisdom, and general life satisfaction.
You can also browse my selections from,and Original publication dates for the essays themselves may vary. In Guess culture, by contrast, you avoid "putting a request into words unless you're pretty sure the answer will be yes… … Neither's "wrong," but when an Asker meets a Guesser, unpleasantness results.
An Asker won't think it's rude to request two weeks in your spare room, but a Guess culture person will hear it as presumptuous and resent the agony involved in saying no.
Now I'd like to venture a more explicit hypothesis about what, exactly, underlies our perceptions of meaning.
Please forgive the mathy tone here: Not the merits of pursuing mediocrity, mind you — because we all should try to do the best we possibly can — but rather, the merits of accepting mediocrity when we end up there despite our best efforts.
Moreover, when people are asked what would most improve the quality of their lives, the most common answer is more money. My hope is that this will somehow help save a few companies by causing you - the CEO - to change direction before it is too late to do so. But the austerity and purity of this vision of the good life comes up against a problem.
It seems impossible to judge our own success without some external measure.
And this is not entirely mistaken… Success does not require recognition, but it is better on the whole that people hear your music, read your words, taste your food, than not.
What should matter is the deeper appreciation that comes from people who know you and your work more intimately… When recognition steps over the threshold into fame, it often becomes so thin because it ultimately ends up being sustained by itself.
Recognition breeds recognition so, in the end, even those who are initially recognised for real achievements end up being famous mainly for being famous.The essay was selected by Gay Talese for The Best American Essays and collected in Against Joie de Vivre in Read the essay here.
Edward Hoagland, "Heaven and Nature" (originally. Read on, and add your own favorite essays on writing to the list in the comments. “Not-Knowing,” Donald Barthelme, from Not Knowing: the Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme.
Read it here. Of the posts I saved, here are a few of the best. (You can also browse my selections from , , , and ) (Note: these are essays I read and saved in Original publication dates for the essays themselves may vary.) I remember working as a developer at a company and complaining.
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I wanted to improve my writing skills. I thought that reading forty best essays of all time would bring me closer to my goal. I didn’t have much money (buying forty collections of essays was out of the question) so I’ve found them online instead.