If you follow this blog, chances are you're already a big fan of Patrick Madden, the author of the excellent essay collection Quotidiana and the creator of the indispensable online compendium of classical essays, also called Quotidiana. But in case you don't know his work, Patrick is one of the smartest essayists out there, and his stuff is really worth your time.
You might start with his new column, "Dispatches from Montevideo", which will chronicle his family's adventures in Uruguay for the next several months. The first entry is up, and it's terrific. Funny, thoughtful, and really reflective. I'm looking forward to reading this regularly in the coming weeks, and I suspect you'll enjoy it too. That is, if you like essays, travel writing, writing about family, or just good writing in general. So check it out.