Brian Dillon - Essayism: On Form, Feeling, and Nonfiction — in conversation with Andrew Motion

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Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Dillon’s book is at once a history, a tribute, and a master class in the art of the personal essay. Launched in the wake of a divorce, the project helped sustain him through a difficult time, and if that were the essay’s only value, it would be great enough. But in addition to being consolatory, the essay in Dillon’s hands is by turns associative and digressive, passionate and dispassionate. Rich with echoes of past masters of the form, his work implicitly and explicitly explores the achievements of figures including Montaigne, Woolf, Barthes, Adorno, Benjamin, Perec, Hardwick, Sontag, and Sebald. Gracefully asking what essays can do and what it means to read them, Dillon, UK editor of Cabinet magazine and author of several books including The Hypochondriacs, triumphantly shows how literature can make a difference.


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ISBN: 9781681372822
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Published: New York Review Books - September 18th, 2018

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