Orison Books author Jessie van Eerden was recently interviewed about her essay collection The Long Weeping at the Speaking of Marvels site!
“When I read Simone Weil the first few times, I was struck by her notion that ‘contempt is the contrary of attention.’ I wanted these essays to be acts of attention. Contempt rules our world and tyrannizes the way we act with one another, whether it manifests as self-aggrandizement or ridicule or pity. That’s an Annie Dillard verb too, the imperative: attend. It’s perhaps one of the essay form’s highest functions.”
Read the full interview here.