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  • This superb volume ... urges us to consider pain and loss, but also to remember to value experience and thought. The essay form, itself once thought dead and buried, is revived regularly in the London Review of Books and this welcome selection shows it strong in heart, pumping away and breathing well.

  • Standing out…are two fine studies of literary monsters. John Henry Jones’s piece on the poet and critic William Empson…[and] Terry Castle’s memoir of Susan Sontag…there are some terrific stories.

    John Walsh, Independent
  • A glimpse inside the lives of bookish people … Emily Witt writes one of the best things ever about online dating

    Evening Standard
  • The best sheer quality writing of any magazine I know.


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