South Loop Review Nonfiction + Art Blog
John D'Agata writes, "essay emphasizes an activity—that attempt, that trying, that experimenting. I think it opens up new possibilities . . ." (Essay is essai in French, meaning: "trial, experiment, attempt.") * Essays, art, and photography can be used as a way to create more than just a story. It is thought: an opening into an artist's brain that is processing, rationalizing, and attempting to figure out the world. To understand the world is to linger on your surroundings, the past, and possibly the future: in meditation, inquiry, and reflection. * This blog is meant to be a place of habitation for such subjects.
I always tell my writing students—which sort of shocks them in a way—that your goal in this writing class is not to put words on the paper, it’s to take them away. That’s really hard for them to grasp at first because they think the whole thing is, "I’ve got to write." I say, "That’s not writing. That’s typing."