the WRITING life

January 20, 2010

“Why are we reading, if not in hope of BEAUTY laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? Can the WRITER isolate and vivify all in EXPERIENCE that deeply engages our intellects and our HEARTs? Can the writer renew our HOPE for literary forms? Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our DAYS, will illuminate and inspire us with WISDOM,COURAGE, and the possibility of MEANINGfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest MYSTERIES, so we may feel again their majesty and power? What do we ever know that is higher than that POWER which, from time to time, seizes our LIVES, and reveals us startlingly to ourselves as creatures set down here bewildered? We still and always want waking.” (Annie DiLLard, The Writing LIFE)

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One Response to “the WRITING life”

  1. Amy said

    I love that suitcase pic. It’s perfect. All the best books.

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