An essay has been defined in a variety of ways.
Book — Discontent and its Civilisations: Now we have articles by specialists, experts in their field, making eminent sense about specific things. The classic essayists, the Charles Lambs and Mark Twains and EB Whites, had wide ranging interests, turning out pieces that were witty, polemical and wise.
They wrote because they were men of letters, who were supposed to know better than you or me. There is an airy self-assurance about the traditional essayist, the kind you might expect in a prophet on a mountain, clearing his throat for a longish lecture. They have a sceptical audience to please.
He is not, however, entirely free of that childlike belief White accuses essayists of, neither does he shy away from the occasional declamation. Discontent and its Civilisations: Muslim, Western, European, American.
Much of the volume seems devoted to reconciling the different facets of identity — personal, political, cultural and professional. This works when he is talking about, well, his own life. There are charming stories of his early days in Pakistan, of moving back to the country at the age of nine and finding anew a half-forgotten language, of a wordless flirtation with a veiled woman at a Sufi concert, of the radical, irreverent crew at the National College of Arts, Lahore.
Written over a decade and a half, the pieces also give the sense of a changing Pakistan, increasingly besieged by wars without and extremist violence within. But the personal is perhaps political as well as fictional, where Hamid is concerned.
In The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the author and his protagonist had shared several biographical similarities. Adrienne Rich, looking back on her own essays inis critical about using autobiographical material to make a point. Or how he changed his e-mail settings?
When it comes to politics, though, the personal begins to recede. Hamid often relies heavily on the works of other writers, such as Zahid Hussain and Anatole Lieven, to tell the story of a riven and bloodied Pakistan. The essays in this section have a habit of starting with the particular, drones or the persecution of Ahmadis or Baloch separatism, and then turning in the widening gyre until they encompass everything- extremism, militancy, the US, religion, plurality, inequality in Pakistan, India-Pakistan and Pakistan, the subcontinent.
So they tend to fall back on the usual pieties about the subcontinent, which can get old when repeated across a dozen odd pieces.
But the last essay, Islam is Not a Monolith, makes for a poignant read at time when gunmen mow down cartoonists, the IS is busy making a spectacle of itself in the name of some pure, doctrinaire version of religion and Islamophobes flower across the world.
It is one of the more convincing moments of the modern essayist.The website of Professor Joseph M Labaki, author of the novel 'A Riffian's Tune' and book 'Inconscient et Sexualite', in the field of phenomenology.
Anne Mount is an award-winning screenwriter, Literary Guild author, journalist, copywriter, essayist and poet. Her most current screenplay, TERROR BY NIGHT, recently won a Seal of Approval award from The Dove Foundation.
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This is a list of essayists—people notable for their essay-writing..
Note: Birthplaces (as listed) do not always indicate nationality. Tim Kreider Essayist, Cartoonist “Tim Kreider’s voice is never anything less than honest, smart, and hilarious; in I Wrote This Book Because I Love You he is even more mordant and empathetic than ever before.
What a sad and beautiful book.” – Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies and Arcadia.