10-second review: The problem of egotism. “Still it takes a fair amount of ego to discourse on one’s private affairs and offer judgments about life…. Most people are brought up to think it is impolite to talk about themselves; in academic papers, scholars are discouraged from using the first person singular.”
“The trick is to realize that one is not important, except insofar as one’s example can serve to elucidate a more widespread human trait and make readers feel a little less lonely and freakish.”
The Art of the Personal Essay. Ed. Phillip Lopate.
: Anchor Books. A Division of Random House, Inc. 1995. New York