Episode 36: Timothy Bascom—Sudden Riches: The Surprising and Satisfying Role of Research in the Personal Essay

AuthorEpisode 36: Timothy Bascom—Sudden Riches: The Surprising and Satisfying Role of Research in the Personal Essay

Episode 36: Timothy Bascom—Sudden Riches: The Surprising and Satisfying Role of Research in the Personal Essay

In this Eleventh hour, Timothy Bascom will discuss the personal essay in order to demonstrate the ways in which this form, typically focused on autobiographical events, can be driven by research instead. Genre-shaping essayists such as Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, David Foster Wallace, and Eula Biss have demonstrated that what we call “personal” is not limited to what we remember internally. Timothy will show us how sometimes we have to go outside the self and explore our way toward unexpected discoveries, arriving at even-more-rich realities that would have eluded us if we turned inward. He will provide examples of the ways that research can be conducted and integrated into a personal essay, lifting it to a vivid and universally engaging level.

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