Once upon a time, before the internet, even before regular newspapers, before the last century a creature existed; The Essayist. They survived into the last century and many great writers can be counted among this breed; Samuel Johnson, Jonathan Swift, Edgar Allan Poe, Karl Marx, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, T.S. Elliot, Voltaire, Oscar Wilde all wrote great essays. In the last century this went out of fashion and was absorbed by the Periodical and Editorial section. Essays were long reviews, musings and ramblings on a variety of subjects, these were printed on a sheet or in small pamphlet form, perhaps collected with other Essays, to be handed rounded bars, clubs or just in the street. In recent years there has been a mongrel breed of Essayist cultivated in the arid plains of the internet; The Blogger. The difference is with a Blogger they must pick a specific topic to gain the elusive beast ‘Traffic’. However, in an attempt
look cool honour the greats of yester year, my own Online Journal does not concern itself with one niche or topic, I merely write long-winded Essays about topics that take my interest and that will hopefully create debate or at least an entertaining read.
This is a culture blog from writer and poet Leo Cookman and a site of #Longreads articles.