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In the summer Dillard stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; in the fall she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou She tries. Thomas Merton wrote 'There is always a temptation to diddle around in the contemplative life making itsy bitsy statues' There is always an enormous temptation in all of life to diddle around making itsy bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy bitsy years on end It is so self conscious so apparently moral simply to step aside from the gaps where the creeks and winds pour down saying I never merited this grace uite rightly and then to sulk along the rest of your days on the edge of rage I won't have it The world is wilder than that in all directions dangerous and bitter extravagant and bright We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain or LazarusEzekiel excoriates false prophets as those who have 'not gone up into the gaps' The gaps are the things The gaps are the spirit's one homeThe universe was not made in jest but in solemn incomprehensible earnest By a power that is unfathomably secret and holy and fleet There is nothing to be done about it but ignore it or see And then you walk fearlessly eating what you must growing wherever you can like the monk on the road who knows precisely how vulnerable he is who takes no comfort among death forgetting men and who carries his vision of vastness and might around in his tunic like a live coal which neither burns nor warms him but with which he will not part

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Pilgrim at Tinker CreekTo con a coot; she collects pond water and examines it under a microscope She unties a snake skin witnesses a flood and plays 'King of the Meadow' with a field of grasshoppers. I read Pilgrim every year In high school I wrote my diary as a series of letters to Annie Dillard so gay It's basically about a really smart young woman wandering the forest and thinking about nature and god and philosophy and stuff Think Thoreau reincarnated as a 24 year old chick in the 70s It didn't win the Pulitzer for nothing It's a great book to read when you're in a none of this shit matters mood No celebrities No pop culture references No boys

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Free read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á An exhilarating meditation on nature and its seasons—a personal narrative highlighting one year's exploration on foot in the author's own neighborhood in Tinker Creek Virginia In the summer Dillard stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; iAn exhilarating meditation on nature and its seasons a personal narrative highlighting one year's exploration on foot in the author's own neighborhood in Tinker Creek Virginia. This book won The Pulitzer in 1974 This is the 2nd book I've recently read which was written in the 70's simply a coincidence This is also the first book I've read by Annie Dillard I didn't understand everything yet the writing is exuisite and reading becomes calm meditative Much to admire Ms Dillard her writing talent her natural curiosity for the natural world around her and her adventures while walking There are many lovely passagesHere's a sample excerpt I read a few times myself Unfortunately nature is very much a now you see it now you don't affair A fish flashes then dissolves in water before my eyes like so much salt Deer apparently ascend bodily into heaven; the brightest oriole fades into leaves These disappearances stun me into stillness and concentration; they say of nature that it conceals with a grand nonchalance and they say a vision that it is a deliberate gift a revelation of a dancer who for my eyes only flings away her seven veils For nature does reveal as well as conceals now you don't see it now you do The opening line of this memoir is a treasure I used to have a cat an old fighting tom who would jump through the open window by my bed in the middle of the night and land on my chest