Darby Larson's new short piece Your Narrator and the Mermaid is very excellent, I believe. It is one of the best things I've seen on Pindeldyboz.
I also like Your Home Pregnancy Test Results by Nathan Missildine at Monkeybicycle.
I bought Nonrequired Reading 2007 a couple days ago. I bought it, I think, so I could see who and what journals were included. No one ever posts these things anywhere online as far as I've seen. I don't know why it matters what journals did what but I tend to think about when I'm submitting for some reason. Not that I don't submit to places that aren't included. It's just one of the many dumb things I think about. I submit a lot. I have like 30 things yet to be placed. The language of submission is stupid.
Here is a list of the journals that were included. I will title it 'WHAT JOURNALS ARE INCLUDED IN BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2007' so people can find it when they google.
here's the list of what journals were included in actual print:
For the lists/humor section: Yankee Pot Roast, Monkeybicycle, Smith, Tin House, Earthweek, Channel 101, Opium, Looptard.
For the fiction/essay/speech section: Zoetrope: All-Story (2), Spink, Creative Nonfiction, Mother Jones, New Orleans Review, Five Chapters, Tin House, Indiana Review, The New Yorker, Barrelhouse, The Virgina Quarterly Review, Agni Online, Epoch, American Short Fiction.
And from the list of 100 Honorable mentions: New England Review (5), Hobart (3), StoryQuarterly (3), Swivel (3), The New Yorker (3), Subtropics (3), Zoetrope: All-Story (2), MOME (2), River Styx (2), Ninth Letter (2), One Story (2), Opium (2), Barrelhouse (2), Water-Stone Review (2),Epoch (2), Conjunctions (2), North American Review, Subtropics, Hugo House, Artforum, Consumed, Nimrod, Green Mountain Review, The Believer, ESPN, The Big Jewel, Sewanee Review, Small Spiral Notebook, Ploughshares, Frieze, Brainchild, Michigan Quarterly Review, ZYZZYVA, Stop Smiling, Glimmer Train, Paris Review, Agni Online, Post Road, New York Times Magazine, Lilies and Cannonballs Review, Chicago Review, Ecotone, Harper's, New York Tyrant, Avery, Gargoyle, Thrasher, Fence, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, Willow Springs, Goth, Zahir, The Believer, West Branch, Giant Robot, Isotope, American Short Fiction, Shenandoah, Open City.
If I'd known how long that was going to take I would not have done it.