Essays that were once blog posts

It is no coincidence that Socrates is on the front cover. One of the many quotes attributed to that great thinker is “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.” This is precisely the point of this collection of essays: I hope they will spark thinking in the reader.

A reason for publishing these essays in a book is that I lament the passing of the tradition of essay writing. Apart from being thought provoking, essays were often very effective in giving a flavour of the times they were written in. They were a great commentary on a society no longer existing but relevant as a precursor.

Blogging may have become the modern equivalent of the essay writing that was popular in the 18th and 19th century, but blogs tend to be a fleeting medium. There one moment, flushed away in the great torrent of information the next. A book tends to last longer. A book is more patient in its wait for attention. And I believe that is true for electronic books and printed books. Maybe, if time and funds allow, I will publish this collection in that most archaic of forms: a printed book. Indeed, these essays were once blog posts. But to give them a longer lifespan, I rewrote them and collected them in this book. My ambitious and maybe vain hope is that these essays will in a modest way contribute to a tradition going back thousands of years and which still forms the basis of our human society: debate.

  • It’s an iBook
  • It’s full of essays
  • It makes you think
  • You can get it at the Apple iBooks store
Socrates: "I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."

The cover of the book of essays “My point exactly” (photo by B. Soriano)