Ellison's first mostly new compilation of essays in nearly a decade, and well worth the wait. Intended as a cross-section of the author's nonfiction writings in all their variety -- travelogue, media criticism, literary exploration, personal musing -- it succeeds on every level.
"Revealed at Last!" the introduction from the short-story collection Strange Wine, is here again; so is "A Love Song to Jerry Falwell," an expansion of "Blood/Thoughts," the introduction to the story anthology No Doors, No Windows. Most if not all of the rest appear here for the first time in book form.
If there's one book to introduce as evidence of Ellison's essay-writing mastery, this is it.