For my last entry in the 2009 Mini-Challenges, I read essays in Chabon's Map's and Legends. These essays appeared previously as articles in magazines.
The ones that I liked were his essays on golems, a clay figure that becomes a man. I learned a lot about the background of these beings and would be interested in reading any novels with golems.
Chabon also writes about his interest in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and how he felt that writing Sherlock Holmes was beneath him. However, Doyle realized that he could earn a lot of money with this new genre, the mystery novel. However, he did not check whether some facts changed from novel to novel, so if you read them carefully, you will find opposing facts.
He also explains his love of comic books and why he wishes more children would read them.
The most serious essay was an analysis of Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
This is about the fourth article/essay that I have read recently about this novel, so it must be a sign for me to read the story.
I found the essays very interesting, and I learned a lot. I highly recommend this work.