A blog about the New York literary life by Phillip Lopate, celebrated essayist, director of Columbia University’s nonfiction program, editor of The Art of the Personal Essay, and author of Against Joie de Vivre, Portrait of My Body, and To Show and to Tell, among other books.
Obsession and regression
by Phillip Lopate | Friday, June 30, 2017
You needed stamina, but the payoff was great
by Phillip Lopate | Friday, June 23, 2017
If only I’d had the nerve …
by Phillip Lopate | Friday, June 16, 2017
Nothing lasts forever
by Phillip Lopate | Friday, June 02, 2017
by Phillip Lopate | Friday, May 26, 2017
And a surprise encounter with Dr. Johnson
by Phillip Lopate | Friday, May 19, 2017
Poet, teacher, opera singer, psychoanalyst, and friend
by Phillip Lopate | Thursday, May 11, 2017
Or, my spectral predecessor
by Phillip Lopate | Friday, May 05, 2017
Can a film really capture the essence of both?
by Phillip Lopate | Friday, April 28, 2017
The complexity of “Don’t Explain”
by Phillip Lopate | Friday, April 21, 2017
THIS WEEK’S ARCHIVE PICK
by Chloe Shaw
We admit that unofficial, national fill-in-the-blank days can sometimes feel contrived. (National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day, anyone?) But National Hug Your Dog Day (April 10) is too good not to celebrate, especially if it means we can revisit one of our favorite essays: Chloe Shaw’s “What Is a Dog?” from our Spring 2018 issue. After losing a beloved hound named Booker—described as a “wolf meets horse meets dinosaur meets tongue”—Shaw confronts the joys and inevitable sorrows of loving a pet. “A dog is a second chance. A dog is death and life. A dog is plush red carpet and fresh warm pee.” A dog is worth celebrating, and not only on April 10.