The World’s Best Essayist Is…

Caitlin Flanagan is the best essayist in the world today.

Better than Christopher Hitchens. Better than Matt Taibbi. Better than Sam Anderson.

She often writes about womanly things, which Meanderings is admittedly ignorant of. But he likes learning, and Ms. Flanagan makes him think in pleasurably unexpected ways, and Meanderings likes that. Her latest is excellent, as are some older favorites:

Katie Couric’s long day’s journey into evening

The Passion of Alec Baldwin

How nice girls got so casual about oral sex.

Update: Stephen Marche should be in the conversation.

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