“This essay may sound strange, read by a man—it is so specifically a woman’s essay. But Dombek’s voice is so powerful, every time I read “Letter From Williamsburg,” I hear it in my head. It’s like a song I want to sing along to. In fact, I remember reading the first two paragraphs to our Southern editor, John Jeremiah Sullivan, over the phone, before the rest of the essay was written. I wanted him to hear how beautifully Dombek modulates her tone from the sublime to the mundane. I only wish I could do justice to the music on the page.”
Listen to editor Lorin Stein read Kristin Dombek’s essay “Letter From Williamsburg,” from our Summer 2013 issue.

“This essay may sound strange, read by a man—it is so specifically a woman’s essay. But Dombek’s voice is so powerful, every time I read “Letter From Williamsburg,” I hear it in my head. It’s like a song I want to sing along to. In fact, I remember reading the first two paragraphs to our Southern editor, John Jeremiah Sullivan, over the phone, before the rest of the essay was written. I wanted him to hear how beautifully Dombek modulates her tone from the sublime to the mundane. I only wish I could do justice to the music on the page.”

Listen to editor Lorin Stein read Kristin Dombek’s essay “Letter From Williamsburg,” from our Summer 2013 issue.

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