Essays

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In “Mercury,” the first of four all-too-brief essays that together comprise the final thin volume of his writings, entitled Gratitude, Oliver Sacks writes of his patients “in their ninetie

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She can write like no one else.”

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In the second and final installment of a recent extended back-and-forth (shouldn't it be "forth and back"?) between President Obama and Marilynne Robinson in The New York Review of Books,

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Is there a writer who has not aspired to contribute to The New Yorker? Merely even one piece? That would be a prize.

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Common wisdom has it, I think, that, word for word, quip by quip, writer/producer/actress Tina Fey is our leading candidate for modern-age version of Dorothy Parker.

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Cultures around the world celebrate the concept of living to achieve a good death. A writer can have a life that makes for as engrossing a story as any tale he or she could invent.

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A rewarding collection whether read straight through or sampling here and there.”

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The indisputable observation that can be made after reading Amy Odell’s supposedly truthful parody is that this is the fashion business in the age of the Internet as seen by a millennial.

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Libraries, books, writing, and writers as subjects are fascinating, even collectively.

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“This is a thoughtful, thought-provoking little book that is well worth your attention.”

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If you are an appreciative reader of Adam Kirschs’ articles and reviews in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere you

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“A reader who is a fan of mathematics (and of this series) may want to take two passes through The Best Writing on Mathematics 2013, the first for wonder and delight, the second sl

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One test of the uniform quality of the work in Best Essays collections like this one is whether or not a writer who almost made the cut, listed in the back as “Notable,” would be likely to read wha

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“It’s a shared journey that is carefully documented by editor Chad Wriglesworth in notes and index.

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“. . . educates and entertains in equal measure, . . .”

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“. . . a deserving read . . .”

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“Mr. Klosterman is as much a showman as anything else—and he never pretends otherwise.”

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“One way to read this book . . . is as a study of the American tall tale.”

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“Women Warriors, like the sisters in arms featured in these stories, delivers mightily.”

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“Ms. Robinson is correct to point out that liberalism and religion are not incompatible and that there are enough historical examples and living persons bearing witness to the fact.

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“Ms. Thompson focuses her keen eye, sharp pen, and exasperated sense of humor on the familiar, everyday madness of raising teenagers. . . . Ms.

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“Parents fighting to keep band, orchestra, drama, and dance programs alive in their children’s schools need to read The Muses Go to School: Conversations About the Necessity of Arts in

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“The Ecstasy of Influence is a book worth reading—it redraws the map of popular culture and, in so doing, pushes us beyond the confines of our comfortable minds, out into the larger world

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