Brian Dillon is a freelance writer and critic. He is the editor of RUINS (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press, 2011) and author of THE GREAT EXPLOSION (Penguin, 2015), OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR (Sternberg Press, 2014), I AM SITTING IN A ROOM (Cabinet, 2011), SANCTUARY (Sternberg Press, 2011), TORMENTED HOPE: NINE HYPOCHONDRIAC LIVES (Penguin, 2009), which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and IN THE DARK ROOM (Penguin, 2005) which won the Irish Book Award for non-fiction. Dillon writes regularly on art, books and culture for such publications as the GUARDIAN, the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS, the IRISH TIMES, ARTFORUM and FRIEZE. He is a Tutor in Critical Writing at the Royal College of Art and UK editor of CABINET, a quarterly of art and culture based in New York.
'Brian Dillon could easily have written another book about the essay - its hallmarks, history, current role in literary turf wars, etc. What a relief, then, to find his ESSAYISM navigating away, in its opening pages, from such a project, and turning instead toward this surprising, probing, edifying, itinerant, and eventually quite moving book, which serves as both an autobiographia literaria and a vital exemplar of how deeply literature and language can matter in a life.' -- Maggie Nelson, author of THE ARGONAUTS