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Flee, Be Silent, Rest

“The death of the self of which the great writers speak is no violent act. It is merely the joining of the great rock heart of the earth in its roll. 37 more words


Give It Now

Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.
—Annie Dillard


A Letter to Annie (Dillard)


Just as I was starting to feel sorry for myself, you stepped in.

I searched the bookshelf. I looked into Dostoevsky’s face, glanced at Desmond Tutu, but sent him away. 506 more words


Baptism by Fire

Annie Dillard wrote the seventy-six page book Holy the Firm while she was living in Puget Sound, Washington. It reflects her observations of the beautiful, mountainous, ocean-filled scenery, as well as her questions about theology, doubt, beauty, innocence, friendship, and love–specifically God’s love. 1,329 more words

Literary Reviews

And as if all that wasn't enough, my chair just tried to kill me

It is a damp, drizzly November in my soul–Herman Melville

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lone writer during National Novel Writing Month must be in want of a life. 785 more words



It started with writing

I found The Norton Sampler (Third Edition) from 1985, a collection of essays about writing, at my local library. It was in the section where they have books for sale. 489 more words

Personal Stories

Rosemary For Remembrance: Part 1

The central motif of this piece is solitude and memory. What follows is not an essay per se, but an attempt to explore the motif in a different way: sometimes through a poem or song lyric; sometimes through an excerpt from a novel; sometimes a prose piece on scientific research; or even, in one case, through a moment in a film. 2,111 more words