Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals

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  • Title: Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals
  • Author: Dinty W. Moore
  • ISBN: 9781607748090
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy,I have a hot crush on the em dash What does my need to stuff while simultaneously fracturing my sentences with the meandering, the explanatory, the discursive, the perhaps not entirely necessary say about me Cheryl StrayedHave you ever wished there were an advice columnist for writers, but one who didn t take things so damned seriously ThiDear Mister Essay Writer Guy,I have a hot crush on the em dash What does my need to stuff while simultaneously fracturing my sentences with the meandering, the explanatory, the discursive, the perhaps not entirely necessary say about me Cheryl StrayedHave you ever wished there were an advice columnist for writers, but one who didn t take things so damned seriously This unique writing guide pairs questions sent in by top contemporary essayists with hilariously witty answers and essays from acclaimed author Dinty W Moore Phillip Lopate asks for advice on writing about your ex without sounding like an ass, Julianna Baggott worries that to be a great writer you must drink like a fish, and Roxane Gay asks whether it s kosher to write about writing Taking advantage of all the tools available to today s personal essayist egregious puns, embarrassing anecdotes, and cocktail napkins Professor Moore answers these questions, and , demystifying the world of nonfiction once and for all With a tip of the hat to history s most infamous essay Montaigne s Of Cannibals this book provides rollicking relief for writers in distress.

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  • Dinty W. Moore

    Dinty W Moore is the author of numerous books, and has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Gettysburg Review, Utne Reader, and Crazyhorse He edits BREVITY, the journal of concise creative nonfiction brevitymag and teaches at Ohio University.

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  • Meh. This was supposed to be an amusing writer's guide, with Q&A about the quirks of writing, but I didn't find it particularly funny or helpful. Maybe you will like it more.


  • Clever , witty and somewhat entertaining. A few known authors write in with questions as well as others. Dinty makes a clever, ironic reply and then proceeds to write an essay as an example to his reply. Hard to do, I think. But alas, became a little less funny at the end, think it was a good idea to keep this short.


  • Originally reviewed at So many Books, So little time Disclaimer: The tone and candour of my review is inspired from the writer's in the book. No offence meant. How can you read non-fiction like this and not fall in love with the genre? The whole genre owes you, sir. Or to your humor. I am not sure if we can separate the two, would you answer that for me.Well, for starters you know you will fall into this book as soon as it opens because of well, this:Hilarity ensues from page one. To say that th [...]


  • This book surfaced on a list of newly-released nonfiction sent to me either by my local public library or . Being on a nonfiction kick lately (primarily celebrity memoirs), I was intrigued by the book's premise. Moore, an essayist/author I am not familiar with, solicited questions from popular essayists to discuss various aspects of writing. Considering the description included a question from Cheryl Strayed, an author whose writing I've thoroughly enjoyed, I thought this series of essays would [...]


  • Wry and sarcastic, Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy is a delightful book to have on your shelf--even if you're not a writer. Filled with questions about em-dashes, Facebook, Zebras, cocktail napkins, and polar bears, to name a few, Moore responds with essays in a myriad of forms, which will delight readers.I really enjoyed the blend of humor and helpful that Moore employed throughout his answers. Even his illustrations sprinkled throughout the book tie into the questions he's asked to answer; polar [...]


  • Until about halfway done, the book was good. Not great in any sense, but it was funny and interesting to see how weird the questions could be, and how the responses and the essays left them in the dust when it came to weirdness. I loved the formatting (as a big fan of Courier New) and the interior design looked gorgeous.Like I said, until about halfway done.After that, it got boring. The questions got boring, the replies got boring, the essays were the most boring of all. This is a 208-page book [...]


  • Forty percent done – no laughs, no known names, no interest – bar some unusual essay formats and constructions, and changes in line length (wow!). It might be a North America-only thing, but for me this never travelled beyond the author's own ego, let alone across the Atlantic. You know those essays where Woody Allen spurts a whole load of Yiddish nobody outside ten blocks of New York could ever understand? Yup, I almost understood the appeal of those more.


  • (I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)Moore answers questions from other writers on advice for writing. After answering their questions, Moore then writes an essay to accompany that question. This is definitely not a dry how-to-guide. Moore has a wry and sarcastic sense of humour but it does wear on you sometimes as it is too in your face. It wasn't a book for me but it is well-written.



  • It was fun and wholly interesting at the beginning. I was really really enjoying myself. But then it eventually bored me.



  • If you owned all of the self-help/advice books for writers by writers, your neighbors would probably call the fire department and report you for hording. Because nobody wants book-loving to be perceived as a threat to public health, you have to make choices as to which books to buy, keep, and continually reference each time you feel a little blocked, a little frustrated, a little inadequate, or a little in need of a serving of humble pie.Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Wr [...]


  • Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy is a delightful little book offering writing tips for essayists and other creative nonfiction writers. Famous contemporary authors pose questions about the art of the essay, the craft of writing, and the finer points of grammar. Dinty W. Moore replies in the vein of an advice columnist, answering questions and following with a short essay of his own. The graphic design of the book is also very appealing. Moore includes cartoon drawings, maps and a clever Essay Topic [...]


  • I picked this up on a whim from my library. The display was for books with no check out history, and I'm a sucker for lonely books. This has been my companion for the last two evenings. We've spent much of our time together giggling, or at least smirking. On a couple of occasions a stray remark left me smacking my forehead in stupid disbelief- once I was caught so off guard I walked away. But I'm happier for having read this collection.


  • This book was hilarious. Set in a question and answer format, the author answers letters written to him regarding writing. Most of it pertains to non-fiction writing, but anyone can learn a few things by reading this book. A delightful little page Turner that I read in an afternoon.


  • This book was pretty cute. Dinty's style is a little folksy for me but overall I liked the book. Some of the essays were very creative and there were some great ones on writing and reading. I'd read more Dinty Moore.


  • A quick fun read; I laughed out loud along the way. Dinty's humorous style is brilliant and engaging. You'll read it thinking, "Why didn't I think of that?" The reason: he's way funnier and brilliant than I am! Bonus: there are writing tips throughout.


  • Funnyfunnierfunniest. Most fun.Quite a ride through the sarcastic and very humorous mind of a writer who approves the topic of writing like Dave Barry approaches everyday life.



  • I tried to "grove" on this book. Even struggling I found the whole book to be a waste of my time. After trying a few chapters I focused in on one chapter which discussed memoirs. Why? Because that is what I am writing at the current time. It was a well-written, good, memoir. For this one chapter I am grateful. For the rest not so much. This book came in one day and is leaving the same day. It's structure didn't turn me on. It's a Q&A except the Q's are stupid and corny. Maybe that was the wa [...]


  • If you consider yourself any sort of grammar nerd, struggling writer, English teacher, linguistics lover, etc I'd say you're bound to have a pretty good time with this book. I myself took a look at it largely because I feel like I pretty much came out of the womb a struggling writer / creative sort, so I eat this kind of stuff up. My favorite type of learning is when someone can teach you something useful through fun and laughter and Moore's book does not disappoint. Not only are there grammar j [...]


  • This is humorous, thoughtful, ironic and satirical. It's *about* writing, but kind of covers life, the universe, and everything.


  • Dinty W. Moore’s new book, Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy, Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals, is a droll, delicious exposé of the inner workings of Moore’s mind. Oh, and it’s a writing tutorial as well, although not in the instructional sense —- commas here, apostrophes there, watch those dangling participles —- but in the classic show don’t tell sense. Moore shows you how to write the most sublime essays in answer to questions posed by contemporary essay writers [...]


  • “The difference between a story and an essay is that the storyteller just wants to entertain the reader, while the essayist has been to graduate school.”Of the above quote, both statements ring true when Mister Essay Writer Guy is involved. Mr. Essay Writer Guy himself, Dinty W. Moore, has penned the ultimate not-so-helpful self-help book for writers. The advice guide is both an entertaining story and scholarly essay.Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and [...]


  • I'm the most annoying kind of writer--the kind of writer that thinks about writing all the time but never actually writes anything. I love to read about writing, which is why I requested a review copy of Dinty W. Moore's Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy. (Two things: Sorry, Blogging for Books, for taking so long! And also, sorry, Mr. Moore, I'd never heard of you before reading this book) It seemed like a fun book and I totally was judging this book by its cover when I hit the request button. I fina [...]


  • For most non-writers, the essay is something they did reluctantly and poorly back in the fifth grade.But in Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy, author Dinty Moore takes the genre of the essay to the next level.Through a number of essays responding to letters, he demonstrates how essays can be simultaneously creative, funny, interesting, sarcastic, sad, personal and manic.Think of it as Dear Abby meets Dave Barry.I'm not usually a fan of nonfiction, but Moore proves that you can cover a wide range and [...]


  • I picked this out from Blogging for Books (free book in exchange for review), although I was not familiar with the writer Dinty W. Moore. If is to be believed, the essayist is actually named Dinty W. Moore, not after the Canadian hockey player (or the corned beef sandwich) but after a character in the comic strip 'Bringing Up Father.' That makes him sound ancient, but he is in fact a Baby Boomer, a few years younger than my parents.Moore won me over early in this essay collection, with this sen [...]


  • I really enjoyed this book. I like the size, cover, pages, writing style and illustrations. The book tackles some questions about writing that are sent to the author. He answers them in a fun way with a humorous tone. I smiled most of the time that I was reading it. I love that I was enjoying reading and actually learning things at the same time. I learned more about writing essays and writing in general.In one part of the book, the author mentions interviewing people for a teaching job and he m [...]


  • Here Dinty Moore plays both straight man and humorist: he answers questioners, most of whom pose ridiculous conundrums, and then he writes an essay in response. The pervasive exaggeration, deft timing, absurd queries, and Moore’s addled answers and wry follow-up essays make this book hilarious, a sustained comedic performance. But it also glimmers with wisdom concerning life and the creation of art.To state the obvious: Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy borrows a structure, that of the advice colum [...]


  • This book was funny, informative, and--most important--fit inside my purse. I adored the little illustrations interspersed in the book, especially when the author chose to write an essay entirely on cocktail napkins. I've never read this author in a newspaper, a fact that is not likely to change as I don't read newspapers, but I'll definitely buy the next book if there is one to make up for it. This book is great for aspiring writers, students, teachers, and fans of grammar. The only thing that [...]


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