Emily Witt on Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, and Suzanne Collins, and the importance of a good book cover.
Is the essay, contra David Shields, a dead form? Or is it just more like reality television and less like the literature we’ve known? Adam Kirch, over in the New Republic writes, “we are living in a golden age of essays, or of ruminative writings that call themselves essays.” And I suppose we are, at least much more so than a golden age for short stories, or so it seems to me.
Remember, when the world finally ends, it will behoove us to be on our best manners.