The mind’s sidekick, however, will settle for two eggs over easy.“The dear, stupid body is as easily satisfied as a spaniel.
And, incredibly, the simple spaniel can lure the brawling mind to its dish.
It’s hard to be a person in the world today — or, really, any day, but today’s what we’ve got.
Humans are striving creatures, and also empathetic ones, so most of us are always looking for an opportunity to improve ourselves, even in tiny, literary ways.
Read it here.“Total Eclipse,” Annie Dillard One of the most cosmically beautiful essays of all time, and filled with wisdom to boot.
Just one eggy taste: “There are a few more things to tell from this level, the level of the restaurant. ‘It can never be satisfied, the mind, never.’ Wallace Stevens wrote that, and in the long run he was right.
We’ve already established that novels can make you a better person, but of course, novels also take you down a long winding road to get there.
If you’re looking for a more direct shot to the heart, try an essay. )“You could call Charles D’Ambrosio’s essay “Documents” a piece of memoir, an act of urgent fraternal curiosity, a parade of ghosts — and it’s all of these, but formally it’s really a series of close-readings connected by deep grooves of loss.
‘That it is new only to him, that it had a substantial existence, physical and spiritual, before he became aware of it,’ she writes, ‘does not occur to him.’ There is a seething quality to Kincaid — humanizing but also seething.
This essay make s you aware of the narratives you unknowingly impose on others, and will help you think with greater sensitivity about race and power. The false story of history might become your own — and you are complicit in the upmost sense of the word.”“In History” appears in “Once More to the Lake,” E. White Feel like getting in touch with your own mortality?