[His] exuberance and commitment can be seen in his first collection of essays, the aptly titled Trafficking in Nostalgia: Essays from Memory. [Nostalgia is] the perfect word for the world Exie's essays inhabit.
...Writers are nostalgic by nature, and our longing for a world where words are enough fuels all our desires. The transactions we make with writing, the pleadings and negotiations for just one more turn of phrase from the Muse, are what we traffic in. But it also points to what it might mean to be caught in nostalgia, where images and memories collide.
—from the foreword by Rica Bolipata Santos