Have you become acquainted with the Best American Series? I know I have mentioned them before, but allow me to mention them some more. The series is published annually and pulls from pieces of fiction and non-fiction published within a calendar year. I have already mentioned I am reading Best American Travel Writing 2014…But there are a whole lot more Best Americans you should check out. There’s Best American Mystery Stories…Best American Essays…Best American Sports Writing…You get the idea. Not only are these pieces of American writing that have been published recently (so you can feel super hip on who is hot in letters these days), but they are also a collection of works you would have to hunt around to find otherwise. The pieces are pulled from publications all over the literary world. So in case you couldn’t subscribe to The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker… etc etc etc all at once (poor grad students hearken to my words), this is a great way to read the best of the best. My personal favorite of all of these, though, is The Best American Non-Required Reading…This is a collection compiled by a bunch of students in a San Francisco basement who sift through the most random and the most lovely from the year previous. So you get some really great works in some very unusual forms. This is work you probably would not have read anywhere else and sitting down with this for an evening is not only educative, it is such a varied and spontaneous collection that you can never get tired of it. So check these out my lovely friends. It is a great way to catch up on 2014 before 2015 advances too far. Happy Wednesday!