Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 8:00pm
Session 180: “Essayism” by Brian Dillon
During this Theory Tuesdays session, Leila Peacock selected and presented excerpts from the book “Essayism” by Brian Dillon (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017).
“How to write about essays and essayists while staying true to these contradictions? Essayism is a personal, critical and polemical book about the genre, its history and contemporary possibilities. It’s an example of what it describes: an essay that is curious and digressive, exacting yet evasive, a form that would instruct, seduce and mystify in equal measure. Among the essayists to whom he pays tribute – from Virginia Woolf to Georges Perec, Joan Didion to Sir Thomas Browne – Brian Dillon discovers a path back into his own life as a reader, and out of melancholia to a new sense of writing as adventure.” -Book Cover