Defending Our Common Wealth: A Plug
Part of what I'm doing in preparing for my book is studying the art of essay writing. Now, as per my own opinion, I do not write essays on my blog. On my blog I write thoughts, in free form. It's kind of like brainstorming...but in print. If I were to compare it to anything, I would compare it to speeches. Blogging, for me, is impromptu speaking. Essay writing is giving a manuscript speech. Neither is more valuable to me than the other, but they have some inherent differences -- thus the studying.
That being said, one of the essays I've recently read is Defending Our Common Wealth by Scott Russell Sanders. I'm not familiar with him, or with the New American Dream, which published his work, but I do have to say this is worth a read. I don't agree with everything in there, but the sentiment...that's what I feel is most important. Check it out!