The Making of the American Essay
The Cahto want us to palpably know what nothing really means because the meaning behind “Creation” is creativity itself, the power and the pleasure of making. What we all have is a world, the Cahto seem to say, but what we do with it is create. To my ear, this is the predicament of every essay too, situated as essays always are between chance and contrivance, between the given and the made.
“For well over a decade now, John D’Agata has been the renovator-in-chief of the American essay.”