I'll be teaching freshman composition again in the Fall, and am working (as usual) on updating my course syllabus, adding some new essays into the mix. We'll be reading and discussing a range of essay, both as examples of technique and as potential points of departure for students' own thinking.
Essays should be accessible to to a general reader (no particular thematic focus
this time), and of reasonable length (magazine-article length pieces are generally preferable to book chapter ones).
I'd like to leave this question open to whatever essays you think would serve as interesting examples of persuasive writing; in my course I typically make a point of assigning some essays that begin with or refer to the author's personal experience, and others that don't employ any first person perspective. I'm especially interested in essays that manage to present their subjects in a new light, or that make arguments that are important but are about subjects that are a little bit unfamiliar (although if you'd like to mention especially good but conventional argument, feel free to do that as well). Essays that make a very specific policy argument are good, and so are those that work to raise a broader question.
I'm aware of the "Best American" and "Best Nonrequired" anthologies, etc.--I'm looking for your suggestions for particular essays that you've read in the last few years that you found interesting and well-executed.
Many thanks for any suggestions.