Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thoughts on the Personal Essay. Phillip Lopate (4).

10-second review: One way to begin a personal essay. “Personal essayists are adept at interrogating their ignorance. Just as often as they tell us what they know, they ask at the beginning of an exploration of a problem what it is they don’t know—and why. They follow the clue of their ignorance through the maze….. What one doesn’t understand or can’t do is as good a place as any to start investigating….”

The Art of the Personal Essay. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. A Division of Random House, Inc. 1995.

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