Ian Brunskill on Montaigne’s art of living

Ian Brunskill has written a fine review (“For a Little Room Behind the Shop” [American Interest, March/April 2011]) of Sarah Bakewell’s book on Montaigne, How to Live. Near the end of the review, he writes that Montaigne’s was “a productively detached kind of engagement with life.” Montaigne’s outlook, Brunskill concludes, is a “counterpoint to a media-driven, mediated modern culture that blurs the distinctions between public and private spaces.” I couldn’t agree more.