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Annie Dillard
Birth date: April 30, 1945
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Nicole Reads
Nicole Reads rated it 2 years ago
Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality? I am in d...
Silvie's bookshelf
Silvie's bookshelf rated it 4 years ago
I liked "The Writing Life" very much however the lyricism of some of the passages was not what I was hoping for. The fragment where she mentions that all of us see art (be it a painting or a piece of writing) in our own way and thus appreciate what others might have missed.
TCWriter rated it 6 years ago
Annie Dillard is a brilliant writer, but this book -- a collection of meditations on writing -- meanders around her writing career, sometimes stopping for a minute or two to kick at the dirt.Sprinkled throughout are stories about other writers and adventurers, and while some sparkle, others feel for...
Thoughts of A Certain Bibliophile
Thoughts of A Certain Bibliophile rated it 6 years ago
It’s not often that I read memoirs; they seem, as a genre, somewhat too self-indulgent for me to spending several hundred pages mulling over at a time. I think I remember mentioning this to a friend of mine shortly after I graduated high school, a friend whose passion for books mirrored my own and w...
Chance's Take on Books
Chance's Take on Books rated it 6 years ago
Annie Dillard wrote a brutally honest description of her relationship and struggles with the process of writing. Instead of the usual advice about showing, not telling, etc that I see etched inside my eyelids, as I read The Writing Life, I was compelled to copy its poetic quotes on note cards that I...
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