The Malcontent is a pseudonymous Essay Daily feature in which we invite writers to put on their black hats and write against the things that we all seem to love. You know: puppies, nature, Montaigne, Didion, Baldwin, Seneca, even love itself. In our private, cranky hearts, we wonder how much good universal praise does anyone.
Who would you want to take down? How about Didion? Montaigne? Let's take some shots at the pillars of the genre. Want to pitch us a malcontent piece?
As Edward Abbey puts it in Desert Solitaire: “Nobody particularly enjoys the role of troublemaker. But when most writers are unwilling to take chances, afraid to stick their necks out on any issue, then a few have to take on the burden of all and do more than their share.”
The Malcontent believes in punching up, not down.
Essays in this series:
- Put a Bird on It: the Many Disappointments of Annie Dillard
- The Malcontent Disagrees with Jeffrey Toobin
- Keep Essays Weird
- Against the Hermit Crab Essay: "Beyond Crabs: Visual Metaphor + Experimental Form"
- Who's Afraid of Malcolm & Marie?
- The Malcontent Does Not Love Haruki Murakami's The T-Shirts I Love
- Essay in French Means Try
- your own crankiness (as long as it's not just cranky for cranky's sake: we want it to lead you somewhere)
Pitch our resident Malcontent, Kevin Mosby, on your idea. We default to publishing these pseudonymously, but if you want to use your name, that's also fine. If not, we'll never reveal the face beneath the hat.