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Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate is the author of the essay collections Against Joie de Vivre , Bachelorhood , and Portrait of My Body . He has also written the novels The Rug Merchant and Confessions of a Summer . Lopate is the editor of The Art of the Personal Essay and the Library of America's Writing New York , as well as the series editor of The Art of the Essay . His film criticism appears regularly in The New York Times and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.