"The point of his writing wasn’t to advance a position, but to record a
process of thought. This is writing as an act, first and foremost, of
self-examination, not self-expression (though it is that as well, of
course). I have long thought a great opportunity has been missed in the
failure to explore the essay as a method rather than a form."
Funny, I’ve just been writing about arts funding cuts. In so doing I’m gradually finding out what I think about them. Ideas and arguments which hadn’t heretofore occurred to me despite thinking on the topic now for some days, suddenly appear as I write down my thoughts. The act of writing really is discovery. A method, as Frank says, of self examination…of finding out what you think.