“The resurrection of the essay is a mirage” – Adam Kirsch has penned a rather interesting piece over on the New Republic website on the perceived rising popularity of the personal essay. Focussing on those he terms the ‘new essayists’ i.e David Sedaris, Sloane Crosley, Davy Rothbart and one of my current favourites, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Mr. Kirsch suggests that what is being classed as an essay is something far removed from the form in its more traditional sense. Do I agree? Not entirely, but Mr. Kirsch does bring up some valid points.
“Charles Lamb’s writing seems as fresh as this morning’s milk, and two times as nourishing” – Over at The Daily Beast, Scottish writer Andrew O’Hagan ponders over his favourite essay collections. He selects six of the best, and says some very nice things about Joan Didion and George Orwell, making him very much a friend for life :).
20 Great Places to Publish Personal Essays – Freelance writer Meghan Ward offers a rundown on a score of places where one can submit personal essays for publication. The list is a little geared towards the American market, as one might expect, but it’s useful nonetheless. Oh, and don’t forget to skim the comments while you’re at it because there are ton more suggestions lurking there.