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Living by Fiction by Annie Dillard
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Jan 18, 2010

it was amazing
Read from January 18 to February 12, 2010

Annie Dillard is a writer/intellectual who knows she's talking about some brainy stuff. Still, she manages to be funny and welcoming and heart-y, and I'd like to be around her while she talks about life and books and writing. I would especially like to hear her thoughts now, since this book is pretty dated (physically, too--my copy is actually three stacks of pages held together by glue that flakes off): it's kind of bizarre to read her reject the term "postmodernist" (guess she was wrong about that taking off), and she hasn't jumped on the talking-about-ladies train, either. Still, still, I think she articulates the workings of past literary trends and criticism while also looking at what writing could be and it's very insightful and hopeful in a way I can believe. The beginning is a little dry and the end is definitely weak, but I flagged so many passages in between.

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