2017 is winding down, which means “best of” lists are burning up the Internet. But what about something you can read when the snow knocks out your Wi-Fi? The annual Best American series are a cultural barometer representing the upper echelon of writing. This year, six of our speakers are in them—a literal bounty of excellent writing.
Collecting a diverse range of magazine features from the US (and occasionally Canada), this series gathers the best writing across various fields—essays, science, sports, and more. As with every year, there’s a lot of Lavin on the list!
Alan Lightman, theoretical physicist and novelist, frames some of the most complex scientific questions with creativity and clarity. In his Harper’s feature, “What Came Before the Big Bang?” Lightman explores both the physics and metaphysics around the universe’s grand entrance. (Included in Best American Essays).
WIRED editor Nicholas Thompson introduces the series, which curates a selection of the best National Magazine Award-nominated and winning articles of the 2017.