Riot Recommendation: Who Are The Best Living Essay Writers?

This Riot Recommendation asking for the best living essay writers is sponsored by I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott.

In this memoir-in-essays full of spot-on observations about home, work, and creative life, acclaimed essayist Mary Laura Philpott takes on the conflicting pressures of modern adulthood with wit and heart. She offers up her own stories to show that identity crises don’t happen just once or only at midlife; reassures us that small, recurring personal re-inventions are both normal and necessary; and advises that if you’re going to faint, you should get low to the ground first. Most of all, Philpott shows that when you stop feeling satisfied with your life, you don’t have to burn it all down and set off on a transcontinental hike (unless you want to, of course). You can call upon your many selves to figure out who you are, who you’re not, and where you belong. Who among us isn’t trying to do that?


What a time to be alive! At least when it comes to the selection of amazing essay collections we’ve been getting the last few years from so many amazing voices. From pop culture to dissections on music to #metoo to body positivity—and so much more. We drop everything to read a great essay collection, so we want you to help us read them: drop down into our comments section and tell us who you think the best living essay writers are. Next week we’ll have an amazing list of the best living essay writers—I bet we’re gonna cry and laugh and learn so much. Yay, books!

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Jamie Canaves: Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer. She knows her death will be caused by a TBR stack, never says no to dessert or ‘80s nostalgia, can hold a conversation using only gifs, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.