Just read a thoughtful essay in yesterdays NYT Magazine, "Reading Between the Sheets"
by Lisa Belkin (about adulterous women). I was drawn to it by the title (thinking it would be about reading, which is isn't), but I also realized that Belkin is a byline I look for. My favorite female essayist is probably Anna Quindland (I miss her Newsweek
gig), and I also love Peggy Orenstein's writing. I feel I learn something about the subject matter as well as about writing effective essays when I read these writers.
So in the spirit of sharing how we learn and improve (and hoping to avoid too many look-at-my-own-terrific-essay posts), can I persuade others to share favorite essayists and/or favorite essays that you have not written yourself, but perhaps would like to have?