Upon receiving word Sunday that a brief essay of mine had been listed as notable in the new Best American Nonrequired Reading , 2009, I was so rattled that I let the broom out and swept the floor with my cat.
“Three Graces ” first appeared in Brevity , one of my favorite journals. Brevity has published “extremely brief” essays for a decade now, with the indefatigable Dinty W. Moore  at the helm. Now it also traffics in craft essays , book reviews , and a saucy blog . It’s one of those publications that anthology and textbook editors seem to trawl consistently, and I’m thankful to Dinty and his crew for the opportunity.