Book Review: Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy takes questions from writers to instruct and amuse

The very first page of Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy acknowledges a reader’s potential uncertainty and sets the tone for the book:

Perhaps you are standing in the bookstore, scanning this introductory chapter, wondering just what sort of book you have in hand. You are a good-looking person whose minor flaws seem to only accentuate your considerable charm. You are intelligent. And immune to flattery.

How comforting to know my vanity is in fact charming! But lest you get swept too far away by the charisma of the writer, Dinty W. Moore gets to the point of his book quickly (while still maintaining his humorous appeal): “The book you are holding here tackles more urgent questions, questions more relevant to the modern reader: ‘What is the essay? And why? And how ought we to feel about it, given that there is nothing on television this evening?’” To address these …

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