The dictionary in the back may sound inconvenient - I for one do not like going back and forth in a book to look up things.
For those needing backup, the essays have been supplemented with facing-page translations of the phrases used therein, often with notes on nuance, usage, grammar or culture.
However, it ends up being really funny and very accurate. You won't regret it.
The concocted variety tends to be insipid, flat, stiff, standardized, completely lacking in exciting and imaginative use of language. Mitsuya Kakuta - On Cooking This essay was actually really funny. They have my favorite kind of layout: Japanese on one side and English on the other.
Surprisingly enough, there does seem to be a lack of male voiced content when it comes to Japanese studies.