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Sideways Reviews: John Proctor’s Best American Essays Series

John Proctor is the Assistant Editor, Reviews Gone Sideways.

He’s reading one volume of The Best American Essays a month for the next two years. He also teaches at Manhattanville College and holds an MFA from VCFA. John lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.


We Are Not Alone
on selected essays
BAE 2002


Out of Time
on “America, Look at Your Shame!” by James Agee
and “Amor Perdida” by Tennessee Williams
BAE 2004


A Charming Combination
on “The Habit” by Francis Spufford
and “The Love of My Life” by Cheryl Strayed
BAE 2003

Beads, Fabric, and Yarn
on selected essays
BAE 2004, 2005, & 2008


The Two Sides of Albert Goldbarth

on “Everybody’s Nickname”

by Albert Goldbarth


I’ll Be the Moon
on “You Be the Moon”
by Amy Leach
BAE 2009

The Dearth of the Eulogy
on selected essays
BAE 2010


The Cycle of Cool
on “Against Cool”
by Rick Moody
BAE 2004

A Crush
on “Joyas Voladoras”
by Brian Doyle
BAE 2005


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