Suspension: An Essay on Flying

Suspend (verb) Temporarily prevent from continuing or being in force or effect. Hang from somewhere. No matter how often I fly, my body never feels prepared for that moment when the plane leaps off the ground. I have been on planes often enough to know the routine well…the taxying, the turning, the standing still, the... Continue Reading →

Echoes in Amiens

​This week, I am in Amiens, France, to speak at a conference on 'Echoes of Echo in British Literature from the Renaissance to the Present'. I've chosen to speak about William Hazlitt's very frequent quoting (and misquoting) of William Shakespeare in his essays. You can get more information as well as catch a glimpse of... Continue Reading →

Today, we look at Charles Lamb (1775-1834), who many consider to be one of the greatest English essayists of all time. A contemporary and friend of key minds and writers of the time, including Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Hazlitt, Lamb is not read as widely as he should be. This, I believe, is a pity not... Continue Reading →

What is an ‘essay’?

To understand what an 'essay' is, you have to read as many essays as possible. The term is incredibly flexible, as shown for instance, in Carl H. Klaus and Ned Stuckey-French's edited book, Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time (University of Iowa Press, 2012). This book brings together an impressive range of texts in... Continue Reading →

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