• a cornucopia of illuminating and timeless observations on literature, art, and the craft of writing.

    Publisher's Weekly
  • The unclassifiable writer and translator's collected nonfiction shows us a brilliant mind at work.

    The New Republic
  • the beloved American author reflects on reading and writing in typically funny, incisive and tender style.

  • Davis does for the essay what one of her subjects-Rimbaud-did for the prose poem: fires language with emotive, radiant wisdom.

    Library Journal
  • masterful, lucid collection . . . no single piece could capture the essence of this extraordinary writer . . . Read these essays: see everything around you in a clear, fresh light

    New Statesman

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