In addition to the argumentative essays mentioned above, there are many other types of essays. Here are some of the most common. Narrative essays are written to tell about an event--often one in the author's life, but always from the author's point of view. Descriptive essays are used to describe something specific, such as a person or a place. Persuasive essays are written in an attempt to sway the reader's way of thinking. A compare-and-contrast essay is used to show the similarities and differences between two or more objects or ideas.
Frankfurt originally published the essay "On Bullshit" in the Raritan Quarterly Review journal in 1986. Nineteen years later, the essay was published as the book On Bullshit (2005), which proved popular among lay readers; the book appeared for 27 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list ,  and was discussed on the television show The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ,  , as well as in an interview with a representative of the publisher, Princeton University Press .   On Bullshit (2005) served as the basis for Professor Frankfurt's follow-up book On Truth (2006).
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