Paul Graham is at it again, this time with an essay entitled The Age of the Essay. I thoroughly enjoy most of his writings, and this one's no exception. He talks about using writing as a tool to sort things out, and the more exposure you expect your writing to get, the better you'll think things through (out of self-preservation, or at least to prevent self-embarrasment). He also talks about surprise, humor, being observant, and comb-overs. (You know, how bald men try to not look bald, and in the process just look goofy.) Wonderful stuff, and worth reading at least twice.