Calvin Trillin's beloved wife Alice died on Sept. 11, 2001 – in a strange but unrelated parallel to the terrorist attacks on the city that both the Trillins loved.
I'll read this summer for moments of revelation. The summer before college, I confirmed my major by reading Russell Baker's "Growing up." Later, Eudora Welty's "One Writer's Beginnings," told me that a wise life could be made beyond the Washington Beltway.
One of the ways that biographer David McCullough learns about his subjects is to raid their libraries.
Two great writers share thoughts on their books, their gardens, their dreams, and their deep caring for one another.
Author Saul Frampton tells the story of how history, culture, and the personal genius of Montaigne conspired to create a new literary genre: the essay.
One of America’s most popular writers tells how the act of reading became his salvation.
The essays in this year's anthology – edited by Christopher Hitchens – are both varied and bold.