How This Will Work

* This was the first post of “Essay as I Might,” but it could be of interest for those who have not been reading from the beginning.


OK. I’ve made it to France. Now to get this much discussed blog under way.

There are guidelines:

1. I will read one of Montaigne’s essays before each post (this one excepted) and incorporate it into my observations or anecdotes. The reason is that Montaigne is the guy who invented the essay as a form of writing. Meaning ‘an attempt’, essai derives from the French verb essayer, ‘to try’. His Essais were his attempts to understand himself and others, so my essays will incorporate his in order to shed light on my own ideas and perceptions of French culture. Who better than the French inventor of the essay to provide the basis for my own observation and critique of contemporary French culture?

2. I will write one post every other day. This is so that you will come back regularly and often, knowing confidently that I have not been neglecting my project.

3. I will strictly adhere to a 30 minute time limit in writing each post. The intention is to provide you with honest observations and anecdotes, unobscured by overwrought editing and distracting self-consciousness. Also, it will save me valuable time to go gather data…

–These guidelines having been established, I would like to make an exception to them immediately. Right now my access to the internet is in an uncertain state. It may be difficult to gain access to a computer which will permit me to post my blog, but…

… j’essaierai.


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