A Penny for Your Thoughts: Essays
Four hundred years ago, Montaigne not only gave the essay form its name, he then went on to never cease refining this genre of writing. He asked of himself a thousand times, "What do I know?" But the answer never matters. It's the manner of the asking that does, and in turn, this is what makes essays so enjoyable to read. There are so many types of essays! Some tackle timely issues, others shed light on obscure topics. Most collections bebop from this to that and can be picked up and put down. The best collections have an invisible thread running through them that may be hard to pin down, but so are the writers themselves. Some essentials we look for are wit, humor, and depth – and a true love of the subjects these authors are exploring. It is safe to say all of us on staff have certain favorite essayists; we can get very attached to the writers we like, anticipating their next release, savoring it when we get a chance to sit down with it.