This series kicked off a while ago as I was digging into Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table and found myself trying to name all the essayists I could who were born / live / reside / write from outside the U.S.—and I got a few, sure, but not as many as I’d like. There’s the obvious 20th-century-and-earlier cadre of greats, but who’s writing essays in Italy, or Argentina, or Morocco, or Ireland, or India today?
That’s a bit disingenuous. Of course we know a bunch of contemporary int’l writers, some great essayists, and Essay Daily contributors, among them. But, still, wouldn't we like to know more?
So I thought we could use this space, every few months, to solicit a writer with a distinctly international background, whatever we take that to mean, asking them to write about another international writer of interest, someone we may or may not know, someone we should know, someone we would probably like to know, someone writing interesting things. A link to each piece in the series so far is below.
As always, comments/suggestions are welcome: email@example.com @craigreinbold @essayingdaily
David Carlin on The Essay Big & Small
Colin Hosten, Home & Back Again with V.S. Naipaul
Rúnar Vignisson on the Icelandic art of writing obituaries
Toni Nealie on migration & cultural echoes
Chris Arthur, An Irish Essay(ist)?