If I had to come up with one sentence to describe the work of world famous writer and friend-of-this-blog, James Wolcott, it would be someone who "exemplifies the dignity and esteem the essay form imparts to literature."
How cool, then, that the PEN awards have a category for that very thing!
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000): For a book of essays that exemplifies the dignity and esteem the essay form imparts to literature.Congratulations, James, most sincerely.
Winner: "Critical Mass" (Doubleday) by James Wolcott
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