“A person can write about himself from angles that are charmed, fond, delightfully nervy; alter the lens just a little and he crosses over into gloating, pettiness, defensiveness, score settling (which includes self-hate), or whining about his victimisation. The truck is to realize that one is not important, except insofar as one’s example can serve to elucidate a more widespread human trait and make readers feel a little less lonely and freakish.”
—Phillip Lopate, The Art of the Personal Essay (Anchor Books, 1995), p. xxxii.
Theologian, researcher, teacher, writer, foodie, husband, dad. Works at Moore Theological College.