The Matter of My Writing: Composing Thoughtful Essays (18110)

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The notion of occasional, brief writings on subjects like law, friendship, culture, race, government, death and civil society by an individual who was not acting in a professional capacity was a new enterprise when it appeared through Montaigne’s work in the 16th century. These writings, which furnish a trial-diagram of the mind throughout its maturity, have become the jumping off point for several contemporary essayists, but with a slight twist.  Such writers as Anne Fadiman, Eula Biss, Jill Lepore, and Charles D’Ambrosio interrogate their minds but by way of investigating how they see themselves particularly in light of the world around them.     

 Anne Fadiman: At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays          (9780374531317)
Eula Biss: Notes from No Man’s Land   (9781555975180)            
Chelsea Hodson: Tonight I’m Someone Else     (9781250170194)

 David B. Johnson is a professor of philosophy at Marymount University, and former writing professor at American and GW Universities.  He earned his PhD in Cultural Studies at George Mason University in 2011, and writes primarily about ethics and political theory.  He has two sons and 4 grandchildren, has been enjoying life with his girlfriend, E. Foster Pacine, and lives in Clifton VA.  

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At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374531317
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 27th, 2008

Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555975180
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 3rd, 2009

Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250170194
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - June 5th, 2018