I like anthologies — probably because I’m such a bookworm — and my favorites, by far, have always been the ones in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Best American series. The publisher has just released the names of its 2012 guest editors, and as always, it’s a pretty fascinating list:

  • The Best American Short Stories: Tom Perrotta (novelist, most recently of The Leftovers)
  • The Best American Essays: David Brooks (New York Times op-ed columnist)
  • The Best American Comics: Francoise Mouly (art editor of The New Yorker, publisher and editorial director of TOON Books, cofounder of comics anthology RAW)
  • The Best American Nonrequired Reading: Dave Eggers (editor of McSweeney’s); guest introducer: Ray Bradbury
  • The Best American Travel Writing: William T. Vollmann (author of 17 books, including Europe Central)
  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing: Dan Ariely (author of The Upside of Irrationality)
  • The Best American Mystery Stories: Robert Crais (best-selling mystery novelist)
  • The Best American Sports Writing: Michael Wilbon (co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption)

The short stories, essays, and Nonrequired Reading will once again be required reading for me. How about the rest of you?