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Paying Attention

I have a hard time paying attention a fair amount of time when I’m reading. My mind tends to wander and I lose focus. Rhetoric can help me with this, keep me engaged with the text and thinking. 440 more words

The Difficulty of Description

Lia Purpura’s Rough Likeness is a collection of essays that focus largely on the inadequacies of words and speech. The title of her book serves as a reflection of her process in attempting to create the image of her surroundings, effectively creating a “Rough Likeness” of this environment. 474 more words

A Brief Insight on My Mind and Some Lit: Rhetorical Analysis

I have been just a little to busy with my real life to deal too much with my virtual life.. Unfortunately this means less time for writing to you all internet-dwellers. 845 more words

Wise Words: Annie Dillard

I learn that ten percent of all the world’s species are parasitic insects. It is hard to believe. What if you were an inventor, and you made ten percent of your inventions in such a way that they could only work by harnessing, disfiguring, or totally destroying the other ninety percent?


Why do people in church seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute? … Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we blithely invoke?

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Week 83: Annie Dillard

“You can’t test courage cautiously, so I ran hard and waved my arms hard, happy.”

-Annie Dillard, An American Childhood








Memento Mori

Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek relates the nonfictional account of the author’s experiences observing and philosophizing in nature. The subjects that she explores often yield few complete conclusions, proving that they are as elusive as the animals she stalks. 532 more words