Linking Two Modalities: Lewis Lapham On The Essay And A Roy Haynes Drum Solo

In his introduction to a piece about artists and scientists in their 80s (including drummer Roy Hayes, age 89) in The New York Times, “Old Masters at the Top of Their Game,” former Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham explains how essay writing is a way of knowing:

“The essay proceeds from the question ‘What do I know?’ and doesn’t stay for an answer until the author finds out what he means to say by setting it up in a sentence, maybe catching it in the net of a metaphor.”

In a musical analogy, here is a video of drummer Roy Haynes playing a solo that is another way of knowing: