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“Essays end up in books, but they start their lives in magazines.  (It’s hard to imagine a book of recent but previously unpublished essays.)….The influential essayist is someone with an acute sense of what has not been (properly) talked about, what should be talked about (but differently).  But what makes essays last is less their argument than the display of a complex mind and a distinctive prose voice.”

           —Susan Sontag, from The Best American Essays, 1992

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