South Loop Review Nonfiction BlogJosalyn Knapic, Editor
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.")
The essay can be used as a way to create more than just a story. It is thought: an opening into a writer'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. The essay is exploring existence with new boundaries, new limits.
Be explorers. Push the usage and depth of line and narrative. Take the essay and dive in between the white space. Acknowledge the use of language and structure.
Our blog is meant to ask questions and meditate on what an essay is and can be. We hope it inspires nonfiction writers to think about the above.
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