Except When I Write: Reflections of a Recovering Critic
by Arthur Krystal (9780199782406)

Except When I Write: Reflections of a Recovering Critic
Arthur Krystal
Release Date: 29 June 2011
Format: Hardback
Pages: 196
Category: Books & Reading
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199782406
ISBN-10: 0199782407

The essay is a kind of bastard a form. It's never been easy to define (memoir plus criticism, a bit of excursus, all wrapped up and framed in the present) and it's been known to serve as a bucket for writers' leftovers. Despite its poor reputation, however, essays are among the things that general readers like to read the most; thus we see them proliferating in magazines like Harpers and the New Yorker. And no wonder. The best essayists-Orwell, Liebling, White, Didion, Updike-are masterful stylists. And good essays can be both exhilarating and satisfying.
One of the most accomplished contemporary essayists is Arthur Krystal, whose work has begun to appear with increasing frequency in magazines like those mentioned above. While not yet familiar to many general readers, his star is rising. At the same time, his essays have long been a favorite of writers. He offers a winning combination of sharp intelligence and wide-ranging curiosity. In the essays collected here, he covers subjects including dueling, aphorisms, Jacques Barzun, detective stories, the sixties, and F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood, along with several original essays. Diverse though they are, a preoccupation with writers and writing is present throughout. In prose that is elegant, witty, and winning, Krystal's essays provide a remarkable window into the act of writing and the writer's life. A charming capstone essay on his personal history as a reviewer and essay writer concludes the book.

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