Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Great Essay Is Rarely About What It Says It’s About

Arts Journal - Words

The essay, in Brian Dillon’s account, is both erotic and absent, lapidary and profuse, and is at its best when always concerned with its own realisation of its inherent sense of failure. Before this discussion of etymology, though, comes a bravura cadenza of topics, placed to make us realise the essay is never about what it claims to be at all.

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