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Art of the Essay: Johnson's Rambler No. 4

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It recently occurred to me that the two most important contemporary writing forms—the newsletter and the tweet—are both essentially essays.

So we should study the essay form. Beginning with the first commercially modern essayist, Samuel Johnson. He published his essays to paying subscribers, hundreds of years before Substack. What can we learn from him?

Buy the Selected Essays of Samuel Johnson and read Rambler #4.

While reading, please prepare some written observations, or at the very least some questions for discussion.

I'll begin with some remarks on what I find most interesting, but these meetings are primarily for you to develop your own ideas around the material.

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