Except When I Write
Reflections of a Recovering Critic
Reviews and Awards
"I am humbled before Krystal's virtues: clarity, variety, levity, gravity and the single trait without which all others are beside the point — humanity." - Wyatt Mason, Contributing writer, New York Times Magazine
"Arthur Krystal is a writer whose essays I always want to read even when I'm not interested in their subjects - until I become interested by reading them. What makes those subjects interesting is Krystal's personal voice: sympathetic, alert, skeptical, comic, sometimes sharp, sometimes extravagant and with a sharply-focused moral intelligence." - Edward Mendelson, Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
"Arthur Krystal does what only the best writers can do: provides you with a deeper appreciation of the things you already cared about, awakens you to the things you didn't know to care about, and—on the strength of his intelligence, wit, and erudition—manages to engage you with the things you were sure you never cared about. His essays, many of which are collected here, are among my favorite prose works in recent memory, bar none." - David Bezmozgis, author of 'The Free World and Natasha, and Other Stories'
"'Except When I Write' reflects the varied cultural interests of an intellectual son-of-a-gun. Krystal's essays and reviews are unfailingly lucid and balanced-to-a-T." - The Arts Fuse
"The essays in 'Except When I Write' nearly all appeared in either Harper's or The New Yorker. That in itself speaks to their quality." - Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize critic and columnist for The Washington Post's Book World