es·​say·​ist | \ˈe-ˌsā-ist \

Definition of essayist 

: a writer of essays

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That’s something very few essayists can accomplish. Ryan Chapman, Longreads, "Your Best Work Comes from Scaring Yourself," 29 June 2018 Merkin, an essayist and cultural critic, is at work on her second novel. Daphne Merkin, WSJ, "‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor’ Review: Empathy With the Stranger," 7 June 2018 For BuzzFeed Reader, poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib considers how holding on to the observance of Ramadan, despite an adulthood spent veering from other aspects of his faith, has been a grounding force in a busy, thoroughly modern life. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "‘I Feel Closer to My Faith Than I Did Before’: Holding On to Ramadan," 18 May 2018 Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces, by Michael Chabon: Novelist and essayist Chabon’s latest pint-size publication packs a punch!, "Recommendations from Bookshop West Portal," 20 June 2018 The Times highlights the case of essayist Ada Calhoun, whose next book was acquired by Audible and will first be released as an Audible exclusive; whether a print edition will be published is still to be determined. John Warner,, "Michael Lewis is going straight to audio? Not so fast, says Biblioracle columnist John Warner," 13 June 2018 Lucy Feldman Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith Throughout this diverse collection, acclaimed novelist and essayist Zadie Smith examines the meanings of freedom in many forms — in listening to and viewing art, in second bathrooms and in Justin Bieber. Time Staff, Time, "Best Nonfiction Books of 2018 So Far," 11 June 2018 The term Spielberg face, which describes the expressive close-up favored by the filmmaker, originated from video essayist Kevin B. Lee in 2011. Jacob Oller, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Hereditary' Flips Steven Spielberg's Trademark Shot," 10 June 2018 On top of being mom to baby girl Lilah, Reid is an essayist with work in the Los Angeles Times, Glamour and Marie Claire and is a writer on Hulu’s Resident Advisors. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "Taylor Jenkins Reid: How I became a bestselling author," 8 May 2018

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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: a writer of essays


es·​say·​ist | \ˈe-ˌsā-ist \

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