Bissell is an incredible writer with the ability to explain a variety of topics. He can take you to the cold small town of Escanaba or he can take you to a screening of The Room, a cult classic film known to be so bad, it’s good.
I also enjoyed the essays on writing and the experiences of past authors. I never realized that Melville’s Moby Dick was criticized terribly when it had just been published. It helped me to keep at my own writing. I want to try and have the same control of language as he does!