corner and a band is playing. Also natures violence, exemplified by a greedy frog, whose mouth is so crammed with his dinner of captured insects that he cannot swallow. The best of those best-ofs became not just a secondary revenue source, a higgle-piggle assortment of artistic detritus, but also something more. What do we think of the created universe, spanning an unthinkable void with an unthinkable profusion of forms? A writer who never seems tired, who has never plodded her way through a page or sentence, Dillard can only be enjoyed by a wide-awake reader, warns Geoff Dyer in his introduction to this stellar collection. As if we could possibly forget. It holds me at anchor to the rock bottom of the creek itself and it keeps me steadied in the current, as a sea anchor does, facing the stream of light pouring down. The time for a Dillard retrospective seems right. Band are playing; people walk with their children and take pictures. She puts the idio in idiosyncratic.
The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New by Annie Dillard
The Abundance, by Annie Dillard, the New York Times
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