The Wayward Essay: ‘The Fun Stuff,’ by James Wood, and More

By Parul Sehgal, The New York Times Book Review, Dec. 28, 2012   In its quality of attention and faith in the salvific power of the right words in the right order, the essay resembles nothing so much as a secular prayer. That, at least, was the original point. The essay has proved wayward, whichContinue reading “The Wayward Essay: ‘The Fun Stuff,’ by James Wood, and More”

My Poets

By Maureen McLane Parul Sehgal, Bookforum, May 2012 Readers are not created equal. Frances Ferguson observed, rather dolorously, that the “reader can only read the texts that say what he already knows,” but let’s be frank: There are gifted—or maybe just thirstier—readers among us who, by dint of stamina or plain need, won’t be stymiedContinue reading “My Poets”