The more views we can formulate and consider, the better chance we have of deepening our appreciation of this mercurial mode of writing”.1.
An essay richly complicates the commonplace, revealing mazes of meaning coiled within the mundane.2.
’s symphonic structure, however, recalls Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian journalist and Nobel Laureate.
She is another for whom reality attracts like a magnet, who has made a career out of appropriating and braiding voices and documents, seeing the world as a chorus and a collage.
An essay is a listening device that allows us to hear extracts from the music playing in another person’s head.5.
An essay is a way of carving out with words some semblance of the things that have caught the essayist’s attention.6.“Considering the essay through the multiple lenses suggested in this short Afterword will, I hope, help to promote a more enlightened view of the possibilities offered by this form of writing.Too often, essays are confused with academic assignments or associated with a form of belles-lettres that has had its day.More than seven full and long years in the making, .Tumarkin is involved in wide-ranging artistic collaborations with visual artists, theatre makers and audio designers.We never tired of this joyful, dark and never less-than-original collection of essays from a writer who thinks deeply and never shies from the hardest of questions.‘Tumarkin, who brings her own experiences to play, writes in a sometimes fierce voice that is utterly her own and brings with it an inquiring mind that together make for a thought-provoking experience.’ Jason Steger, ‘Everyone is looking for the next Helen Garner and Maria Tumarkin shares with Garner a gimlet eye for the flaws in official systems, along with a fascination for the narratives nested in everyday lives.pushes the boundaries of nonfiction so far out that they will never recover, and in so doing develops an essay style that perfectly reflects the complexities of our era.Tumarkin takes existing axioms and interrogates them for veracity.It’s a great shame that what Robert Atwan described twenty years ago as ‘our most dynamic literary form’ (in his Foreword to The Best American Essays 1997) continues to be dogged by these powerful misconceptions.They have resulted in too many people dismissing the essay as something of little interest that languishes in a literary dead-end, or that’s confined to the academic backwaters of student assessment.” The thirty-six views offered are intended to counteract such commonly encountered misperceptions of the genre.