Reading List & Reviews

Fall 2019

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters
by Ursula K. Le Guin (link)

Aug 2019: A series of disconnected blog posts with one or two worth reading. Some essays, especially the ones that touched on historical perspective, felt like they should could have been more impactful published by themselves, separately from this collection. I would have appreciated half of this book trimmed out.


To Show and To Tell
by Phillip Lopate (link)

Aug 2019: If you like thinking about how we think about writing, this book is for you. Very poignant and packed with organically arrived at aphorisms–in a good way. I’m reading this one slowly in between essays from other collections because I like Lopate’s approach to talking about writing.


Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
by Jia Tolentino (link)

Aug 2019: Just started the free sample and am 95% sure I’m going to buy the book.


Book of Days: Personal Essays
by Emily Fox Gordon (link)

Haven’t started


The Art of the Personal Essay
by Phillip Lopate’s (link)

Aug 2019: Lopate’s introductory essays alone are worth the purchase. This is more geared toward the academic study of the personal essay. As a survey of essays from all over the world that Lopate believes are instrumental to the genre, I found myself skipping over some that felt like reading too far back in time. If you’re a historian/academic, you’ll love it. If you’re a writer, you’ll appreciate it.


The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative
by Vivian Gornick (link)

Haven’t started