"We are all much smarter than we let on, knowledgeable about our peers and able to speak to them usefully. Because for all the salutary talk of diversity in our day, the human soul shares a great deal across cultural and religious and racial and gender lines. And if the essayist is wrong, presumptuous, and offensive? What of it? Even a bad idea can prompt of a good one. We think by refutation, and an idea we consider wrong is more likely than just about anything else to inspire an idea we consider right."
— Cristina Nehring, “Our Essays, Ourselves" (Harper’s Magazine, May 2003)