And we imagine that the two are diametrically opposed, that they represent ideologically mutually exclusive political positions. They are flip-sides of the same coin; one political minting.
The advance of literacy is collateral with the best advances in civilization. We have lost just how much writing is wound up in the advances of civilization . . . the pen, not the sword or the gun. Montaigne, anyone. His essays . . . Les Essais . . ., essayer in French means to try, to test . . . herein ideas, dimensions of the Self. I test myself; I often do not know what I think until I write.
I am not this, nor am I that; I am.
Do I need to add?
The Literary Essay . . . what can I say? I imagine I would have to explain this–define my terms–even to the University educated. Tweeting is not writing.