It is, I think, the rarest of leisure, hard work mixed with hard pleasure, to refine one's time of d

It is, I think, the rarest of leisure, hard work …

It is, I think, the rarest of leisure, hard work mixed with hard pleasure, to refine one's time of deep thought or light regard into the utterly self-absorbed and equally and abundantly outward-seeking shape of the personal essay -- a story comprised of found fact, of analyzed emotion, of fictive memory.

Barry López