Searching for Something Better than the Best American

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David Lehman, series editor for Best American Poetry…dilates on Twitter, “the tyranny of technology,” and the downtrodden humanities…Glenn Stout, in Best American Sports Writing, describes ours as “metric-driven times,” in which we tend to “reduce everything to data—sales figures, ‘starred’ reviews, Facebook shares.” Heidi Pitlor, in Best American Short Stories, finds the number of writers watching The Bachelor “perplexingly enormous,” and is resolved to spend less time online this year.

In The New Republic, Jason Guriel takes a look at the myriad of Best American anthologies and the technophobic anxiety that pervades them all.


P.E. Garcia is an Editor-at-Large for the Rumpus and a contributor to HTMLGiant. They currently live in Philadelphia, where they were recently accidentally elected to be Judge of Elections. Find them on Twitter: @AvantGarcia. More from this author →