10-second review: The personal essayist is, in a sense, entering into a dispute with the reader because essayists naturally dispute with themselves. Stuart Hampshire: “It is natural to enter into dialogues and disputes with others…because it is natural to enter into disputes with oneself. The mind works by contradiction.”
“Personal essayists converse with the reader because they are already having dialogues and disputes with themselves.”
The Art of the Personal Essay. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. A Division of Random House, Inc. 1995.