There is no formula; these essays of 750 or fewer words include lists and 'found' essays, lyric essays, researched essays, even graphic memoir. They work because they are efficient on the sentence level, cutting to the rhetorical nub without sacrificing their power to evoke ... The immersive effect of reading this anthology straight through is the opposite of a flash experience, and is also lovely, like rolling down a sidewalk of lit windows ... So much beauty, so much grief — the whole range of experience flashing by, leaving impressions as it passes.
... marvelous, diverse ... Readers will find some familiar names, including Roxane Gay and Jia Tolentino, but also gems from lesser-known writers ... This collection will be an asset to writing teachers and students, and a joy to essay fans.