Roger Rosenblatt is one of a kind. Yes, yes, I know, that’s a cliche. Forgive me. It also happens to be true. Roger, KR’s Literary Ambassador, whatever the hell that means, has had a long and distinguished career as journalist, essayist, playwright, and novelist. I might call him a jack of all trades, except that such jacks aren’t so good at all they do.
More recently, emerging from the trauma of the untimely death of a beloved daughter, Roger has essayed the essay in a manner worthy of Montaigne. His pieces do engage a subject, whether kayaking on the shores of Long Island or reimagining his own boyhood as a 9-year-old Sam Spade let loose on the unsuspecting denizens of Manhattan. What matters, however, is his singular method, a kind of bravura musical riff, deep and dazzling and wise and witty. Imagine Montaigne himself rearing back with a good belly laugh.
This month’s KR podcast features Roger Rosenblatt reading an excerpt from “The Boy Detective” as it appears in the Winter issue of The Kenyon Review. You can also find it on iTunes.