My essay "The Other Steve Harvey" selected for The Best American Essays 2018, is out! It is about unconscious bias and is built around President Obama's speech about Trayvon Martin—one of the most moving moments in Obama's presidency, I think. I am honored to be selected by The New Yorker writer and film critic Hilton Als and to be in the company of writers I admire such as Leslie Jamison, Suki Kim, and Baron Wormser. Thanks to Michigan Quarterly Review for first publishing the essay. You can get The Best American Essays at most book stores and can order it online.
Steven Harvey is the author of a memoir, The Book of Knowledge and Wonder and three collections of personal essays: A Geometry of Lilies, Lost in Translation, and Bound for Shady Grove. Two of his essays have been selected for The Best American Essays series: “The Book of Knowledge” in 2013 and “The Other Steve Harvey” in 2018. In addition, thirteen of his essays have been listed as notable by the series. He is a Senior Editor at River Teeth magazine and the creator of The Humble Essayist website.
THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE AND WONDER
The Book of Knowledge and Wonder is a memoir about claiming a legacy of wonder from knowledge of a devastating event. In some ways it has the feel of a detective story in which Steven Harvey pieces together the life of his mother who committed suicide when he was eleven out of the 406 letters she left behind. Before he read the letters his mother had become little more than her death to him, but as son and mother create their story together it is the perennial theme of abiding love despite the odds that fuels the tale.
Watch the writer of nonfiction as he illuminates his craft. By asking himself the original ‘wonder questions’ of his childhood, Harvey ignites a curiosity that takes him back into memory—but also allows him room for inference and imagination…. In the end he emerges with a kind of knowledge to which he adds the well earned word ‘wonder.’