Articles by Phillip Lopate

December 9, 2010

A Year in Reading: Phillip Lopate 1

What makes these books delightful, for me, is their worldly, tolerant understanding of human frailty: the author’s refusal to condemn, preach morality or be shocked by his characters’ infidelities and errors.

December 2, 2009

A Year in Reading: Phillip Lopate 0

Leonard Michaels had a trenchant, elegantly forceful style that cut to the bone; what impresses me the most, as a fellow essayist, is that he always tried to get to the bottom of what he knew and understand.