Posts Tagged: Montaigne

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #116: David Lazar


"Becoming an essayist has always seemed to me as a bit of a pratfall." ...more

A Recommended Reading List for Trump’s America


We asked nineteen authors what books they'd suggest as recommended reading in light of America's new political reality. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Brian Blanchfield


Poet and writer Brian Blanchfield talks about his essay collection Proxies, touring in support of a prose collection versus a poetry collection, and frottage. ...more

The Rumpus Review of Mustang: Five French Girls Walk into an Anatolian Village


The Rumpus Interview with Greg Baxter


Novelist Greg Baxter talks about living abroad as an American, writing his new book, Munich Airport, and why he doesn't buy the defeatist clichés that people use to define our world and time. ...more

Keep Doubt Alive with Essays


If you’re a regular Rumpus reader, you probably like essays. And if you like essays, you’ll probably enjoy this New York Times opinion piece about their literary and social value:

Ever since Michel de Montaigne, the founder of the modern essay, gave as a motto his befuddled “What do I know?” and put forth a vision of humanity as mentally wavering and inconstant, the essay has become a meadow inviting contradiction, paradox, irresolution, and self-doubt.