The Ten Greatest Essays, Ever

Tom Beller

Robert Stone, “A Higher Horror of Witness: Cocain’s Coloring of the American Psyche”
(from Harper’s, December 1986)

Rachel Cline, “The God of High School”
(from Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, March 20, 2002)

Marcelle Clements, “The Dog Is Us”
(from The Dog Is Us, Viking, 1985)

Robert Bingham, “Soft Money”
(from Personals, 1998)

Roger Angel, “Twice Christmas”
(from The New Yorker, December 22, 2003)

Matthew Roberts, “Shooting Fitty, Fashion Week Frustration, Vice President of Procurement, Bucket Boy, the Beheading of a Bank Manager”
(from Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, March 14, 2005, five-part series)

Vince Passaro, “To the Woman on Craigslist Who Wanted to Know the Difference Between ‘Booty Call’ and ‘F*uck Buddy’”
(from Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, November 30, 2004)

Meghan Daum, “Variations of Grief”
(from Misspent Youth, 2001)

David Foster Wallace, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again”
(from Harper’s, January 1996)

E.B. White, “Goodbye to Forty-eighth Street”
(from The Essays of E.B. White, 1978)

About Tom Beller

Thomas Beller is the author of three books, The Sleep-Over Artist, Seduction Theory, and the essay collection How to be a Man: Scenes from a Protracted Boyhood. His work regularly appears in Elle, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Spin, and The New Yorker, where he worked as a staff writer. Now a contributing writer for Travel and Leisure and Cambodia Daily, Beller is also the co-editor of the journal and book press Open City and the founding editor of Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, an award winning online magazine. He has also edited the essay anthologies Personals: Dreams and Nightmares from the Lives of Twenty Young Writers and Before and After: Stories from New York, and has been featured in the Best American series. He teaches creative writing at Tulane University.