Monday, March 22, 2010

Thoughts on the Personal Essay. Phillip Lopate (6)

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. New York: Anchor Books. A Division of Random House, Inc. 1995.

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