Essai

Essai

  Michel de Montaigne has been called the inventor of the essay.  But what American students call an essay (noun) is originally a French verb, essai.  To essai is “to explore,” in particular the workings of the writer’s own thinking. In this...
Bonsai

Bonsai

Imagine the care required in a lifetime of work discovering the beauty in a miniature tree.  The bonsai artist visualizes and contemplates, crafts and prunes . . . all the time removing everything which isn’t beautiful.  The tree–our writing, our...