Think essays are just something boring you write for class? These masterpieces will make you totally reconsider. The final piece in one of her two most beloved collections, Slouching Towards Bethlehem , this essay contains everything there is to love about Didion — her sharp eye, her unbelievable concision, her expression of emotions that are real and contradictory. It follows her arrival in New York and her departure eight years later, and in so doing discusses the city and youth — and the romantic lies that both are. She writes: " I was in love with New York.
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You begin, after all, with what your taste and intelligence and experience will permit you to begin with. Lopate, Phillip. The Art of the Personal Essay. Anchor Books, A popular collection of essays of every kind, with an intelligent introduction. Atwan, Robert. The Best American Essays.
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She writes that Kintsugi is "the art of fixing broken things with lacquer dusted with powdered gold to treat repair as part of the history, rather than disguising the breakage. The brokenness becomes part of the story and the beauty of the piece. And it is Lawson's humor, candor and finely honed writing that is the gold that unites this collection of 37 pieces into one exceptional work.
We will do this, of course, by means of a variety of lists. We began with the best debut novels , the best short story collections , the best poetry collections , and the best memoirs of the decade , and we have now reached the fifth list in our series: the best essay collections published in English between and The following books were chosen after much debate and several rounds of voting by the Literary Hub staff. Tears were spilled, feelings were hurt, books were re-read. Toward the end of his life, maybe suspecting or sensing that it was coming to a close, Dr.