En fin, toute cette fricassee que je barbouille icy n’est qu’un registre des essais de ma vie….
(All this fricassee I scribble here is nothing but a record of the essays of my life….)
--Michel de Montaigne, “Of Experience”
"MICHAEL COHEN'S ESSAYS on the reading life are a treat to read. Relaxed, personal, wide-ranging, they contain fascinating nuggets of information and lively assessments of hundreds of books, as well as a whole life’s worth of thoughtful rumination on time, love, travel, and family, as well as what it means to be, almost existentially, a reader." – Christina Thompson, Editor, Harvard Review