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The essay is probably going to be in recession for a while. It doesn’t really fit dark forest cozyweb world. Thinking about @simondlr latest where he refs Alice Munro idea of a house for fiction. Essays = journeys. Fiction = cozy homes. https://open.substack.com/pub/sceneswithsimon/p/on-voting-legislative-complexity
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Despite the “journey” in “hero’s journey” a classic story is a round trip and can therefore fit into a sufficiently large “house” (or le guin carrier bag). Essays by contrast don’t circle back to starting point. They’re one way trips. Dangerous in a dark forest.
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Then it serves that writing essays right now is buying the zeitgeist dip. 😅
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This is why writing a book feels like the only alive thing to me now.
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