Dinty W. Moore amuses and instructs in the book Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy.
The wit, humor, and sarcasm of Moore makes this small book a success.
I read most of it in an airplane ride, and it made me laugh and smile while I would have been otherwise bored and sulking.
This small book includes twenty questions from famous writers and twenty responsive essays by Dinty Moore. The topics include a little bit of everything—even a cannibal cameo from the famous essayist Montaigne.
Although many are more traditional essays, the book also includes essays that push against the normal form of an essay. There’s an essay written on napkins, an essay that uses Google Maps, and an essay composed entirely of Facebook posts.
If you’re a writer, Moore’s book includes helpful advice, and just down-right funny things you can relate to.
Moore can take something like the em dash, and in a humorous essay actually show how it’s useful and how it’s harmful. Nothing is a dry matter for Moore.
And even if you’re not a writer, I’d imagine it would still be an interesting book.
A couple of my favorite essays in the book are:
- “Dash It All”
- “Have You Learned Your Lesson, Amigo?”
- “Why I Trained My Dog to Post”
- “Clogged and Stupid and Weary”
I did enjoy this book; however, there were numerous times when Moore’s humor was too crass and inappropriate for my taste. Read with care.
FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.