Annie Dillard

Yesterday (30th April 2016) was Annie Dillard’s 71st birthday. The Writer’s Almanac for that date describes how she came to write Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

In this week’s The New Yorker Radio Hour host David Remnick interviews Ms. Dillard. It’s worth a listen, although her description of her decision to retire from writing is melancholic.

tiny pansy
A tiny pansy growing alongside a walkway. It’s not a wild or field pansy. Is it a just a volunteer that grew from a seed deposited by a bird or blown on the wind? We planted pansies last year in a nearby flower bed but I don’t recall any of this variety.

On an unrelated note, this tiny bicolor pansy is growing alongside a walk in front of our house. The yellow blossom is about 1″ across at the widest point. Although I read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek only about a year ago, I suppose our yard has been my Tinker Creek. Of course, I would not insult Annie Dillard by comparing my writing to hers.

Thanks as always for stopping by!

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2 thoughts on “Annie Dillard

  1. MARY C 1 May, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    Thanks Pat. I enjoyed the Annie Dillard interview. I really loved her “Tinker Creek” book although I haven’t read it in many years.

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