Expansive and engaging, Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust explores the history of walking in the West.
You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment.
—Annie Dillard, “Write Till You Drop”
Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life—and for me, for writing as whole.
—Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
There is no such thing as an artist: there is only the world, lit or unlit as the light allows.
—Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
This year was the first in which I’ve regularly read for pleasure, and I’ve come across so many amazing new books and writers, from Susan Orlean to Danez Smith.
The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you.
―Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
Literature is dialogue; responsiveness . . . A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.
–Susan Sontag, from speech after being awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 2003