Scot McKnight’s recent blog post, Emergent Style? The Essay Form provides an exceptionally good perspective on
blogging essay writing as an emergent form of literature. Best line:
The point of it all is this: these writers “wrote their way to clarity” …and it was by thinking their way on paper that they came to terms with what they were thinking.
Back in my first post on this blog, I said:
Near the end of the movie Shadowlands, one of C.S. Lewis’ students tells him something his father says: “We read to know we are not alone.” While reflecting on this at the time, I decided it was true – and I was reading a lot at that time. I appended something of my own to the statement: “We write to know who we are.” Who am I? I guess I don’t completely know yet. The more I write, the more I’ll be able to answer the question.
This to me is much along the same lines as what Scot is saying, but he does it much more admirably. After reading Scott’s post, I’ve decided I want to be an essayist when I grow up.
I would venture to say that his post is one of the most important blog posts in emerging blogdom of the past few months. For anyone who doesn’t understand the significance of calling EC a “conversation” instead of a “movement”, this post is a must-read.
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