5 Questions with Ned Stuckey-French, Interview by Daren Dean

April 2, 2011 | Posted in News |

The University of Missouri Press, publisher of The American Essay in the American Century, recently posted an interview with me about the book and the state of the essay at their blog:

I think the role of the essay remains what it has been since Montaigne first came up with it in 1580, that is, to give us the story of a mind thinking, to give us an individual asking Montaigne’s original question, Que sais-je?, or What do I know? Sometimes I like to imagine each essayist as kind of like Guy Noir, who, as we know, is up on “the 12th Floor of the Acme Building still trying to find the answers to life’s persistent questions.”