the mundane itself

“We don’t need great writing to tell us that obviously amazing things are amazing, just as we don’t need high-powered telescopes to tell us that the sun is warm. What we need from great writing, most urgently, is an understanding that the mundane itself—snails, fireplaces, shrubs, pebbles, socks, minor witticisms—is secretly amazing.”

– Annie Dillard

I’m reading The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New right now (WOW) and found this beautiful, perfect passage on Calm Things.  A Dillard day.  As they all are, really.


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9 Comments

  1. Posted April 1, 2016 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    I completely just scooped up the Annie Dillard quote for a post i wrote, tiny one, but did link back here to give you credit… 🙂 Happy Rainy Spring Day!

  2. Posted April 1, 2016 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    I thought of you when I saw that collection was out!

  3. Posted April 1, 2016 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    This is perfect. I also think I need to grab this book.

  4. Posted April 1, 2016 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Indeed. I think you have helped me, through your writing, to do this very thing. I look up more. I stop more. I cherish the mundane more. xoxo

  5. Posted April 1, 2016 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Just finished The Abundance myself and reveled in the memories of reading all those words the first time. A Dillard Day indeed!

  6. Posted April 1, 2016 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the book recommendation and the nod to the blog, Calm Things.

  7. Posted April 1, 2016 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Love. 💕 I’m picking up this book. Thanks!

  8. Posted April 3, 2016 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Oh, yes. I love that she says, “What we need from great writing…” because there is meaty truth in the idea that we gain things when we read, it isn’t simply passing time or escape; it is discovery. xo

  9. Janet
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    “A Dillard day” — I like that!

    admin Reply:

    Many of them are!