Good news (for me) - the ESSAY is making a come-back.
A new publisher has started in the UK, and they intend to specialise in essays. Good luck to them!
This is the form which suits my rambling mind the best, whether I am reading them or writing them. They're one step up from journalism as far as I can tell, and I stopped reading 'newspapers' years ago. The very word comes from the French 'to try something out' or 'test' it - like assayers do with gold, etc. Still sounds good to me.
Please give me a job before I am too old/bored/mad to pick up a hammer and chisel. Pretty please?