Book review: ‘For the Time Being’ by Annie Dillard

Strange essay collection that doesn't quite work. I read this book immediately after reading Annie Dillard's essay collections Teaching a Stone to Talk and The Abundance. I was hopeful that I would enjoy this book as it was the original source of one of my favourite essays from The Abundance. Unfortunately, I struggled a great…

Book review: ‘The Abundance’ by Annie Dillard

Enigmatic essays. I read The Abundance immediately after reading Annie Dillard's earlier collection of essays Teaching a Stone to Talk. Once again, I was impressed at her skill of choosing off-beat essay topics which often end up making surprisingly profound observations. If anything, I think I preferred this collection.

Book review: ‘Teaching a Stone to Talk’ by Annie Dillard

Expeditions and encounters. Having greatly enjoyed Annie Dillard's Pulitzer-Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, I thought I'd try reading some of her essays. On the whole, I enjoyed this book very much—and especially the title essay, which isn't nearly as silly as it sounds. Dillard has a knack for choosing off-beat essay topics, which often lead…

Book review: ‘Pilgrim at Tinker Creek’ by Annie Dillard

Pulitzer-Prize-winning ruminations on the natural world. I put off reading the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek for longer than I should. I’d gathered it was a rather spiritual book, and I seldom enjoy such writing. But my misapprehensions were misplaced: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is an absolute delight. Annie Dillard muses about our relationship with…