The Shape of the Essay

Despite what teachers might have taught you, essays often lack a singular form.  Instead they take shape in more organic ways, and resist, as Tim Bascon writes, “predicable approaches.”  But between pure freedom and dogmatic structure, Bascon diagrams a few ways of thinking about the shape and direction an essay can take.  In these approaches,… Read more »

Why are Writers Compelled to Write?

In meditating on the writing life, Scott Esposito explores the power of process in any creative effort. “One morning not too long ago I spent a restful hour of more or less genuine solitude with Rothko’s Seagram murals in a small room in the Tate Modern galleries in London. The room is dimly lit, as… Read more »