I took down my recent (and incomplete) series on the pleasures of the essay, because nobody seemed to be reading it. However, a reader was kind enough to contact me about it and to ask me what essays I had been planning to write about.
So I hunted them up for her and sent her the list, and I thought I may as well reproduce it here. Yes, there's no Hazlitt, Montaigne, Belloc, Addison, Samuel Johnson, or any of those other venerable names. And yes, that is Dirk Benedict, AKA Face-man from the A-Team. This is my list.
Nor is it a My Favourite Essays list. If I were to compile such a list, I would have to include G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. I can't think of one particular essay that I would pluck from Chesterton's work, and most of Lewis's are not available on the internet. This is just a list of some of my favourite essays, using a broad definition of the term 'essay'.
Edward Feser: Why are Universities Dominated by the Left?
Edward Feser: The Metaphysics of Conservatism (There's some pretty dense philosophizing in this one-- nothing too difficult, but if you don't like philosophy you might give it a miss.)
Dr William Lane Craig: The Absurdity of Life Without God
Dirk Benedict: Lost in Castration
John Stuart Mill: Mental Breakdown, and Poetry (technically, an extract from his Autobiography, but what the heck)
Barbara Mikkelson: New Coke
Mark Shea: What's the Matter With Me, Anyway?
George Orwell: Can Socialists Be Happy?
Peter Hitchens: How I Found Faith