SUMMARY. Annie Dillard wrote “Living Like Weasels”, an essay in which she paints the story of her encounter with a weasel. She explains that. In the essay “Living Like Weasels” Annie Dillard reflects on her first encounter with a wild weasel and presents her interpretation of the moment. Free Essay: Annie Dillard’s essay “Living Like Weasels” exhibits the mindless, unbiased, and instinctive ways she proposes humans should.

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For instance, we know by the turn in Dillard’s narrative–paragraph three– without Dillard coming right out and saying so that the qualities or realities that characterize a wild weasel will define Dillard’s life and ours as human beings in some way in the rest of the story. I come to Hollins Pond not so much to learn how to live as, frankly, to forget about it. Time and events are merely poured, unremarked, and ingested directly, like blood pulsed into my gut through a jugular vein.

Dillard attended Hollins College now Hollins Universityin Roanoke, Virginiawhere she studied literature and creative writing.

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Brains are private places, muttering through unique and secret tapes–but the weasel and I both plugged into another tape simultaneously, for a sweet and shocking time. Could two live that way? Library resources about Annie Dillard.

The far end is an alternating series of fields and woods, fields and woods, threaded everywhere with motorcycle tracks–in whose bare clay wild turtles lay eggs. Down is a good place to go, where the mind is single. I should have lunged for that streak of white under the weasel’s chin and held on, held on through mud and into the wild rose, held on for a dearer life. Kent State University Press.

Annie Dillard begins her personal narrative with a description of the weasel living in the natural world–two paragraphs of description, well more so, a powerful setting using animals in a metaphorical way to depict an elusive human reality.


Philip Zaleski also includes Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Its topics mirror the various chapters of the book and include “birth, sand, China, clouds, numbers, Israel, encounters, thinker, evil, and now.

Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. Her website sells her paintings to benefit the charity Partners in Health, which was founded by Dr. I remember muteness as a prolonged and giddy fast, where every moment is a feast of utterance received.

Mornings Like This is a book dedicated to found poetry. I’d never seen one wild before. One naturalist refused to kill a weasel who was socketed into his hand deeply as a rattlesnake. Dillard’s tale is also about the margins between suburban sprawl and remaining patches of wildness; her story takes place on the boundaries between two different worlds. What is she saying about weasels? Complete list — — — I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you.

We keep our skulls.

Annie Dillard

The supposition is that the eagle had pounced on the weasel and the weasel swiveled and bit as instinct taught him, tooth to neck, and nearly won. He was ten inches long, thin as a curve, a muscled ribbon, brown as fruitwood, soft-furred, alert. I think I blinked, I think I retrieved my brain from anie weasel’s and tried to memorize what I was seeing, and the weasel felt the yank of separation, the careening splash-down into real life and the urgent current of instinct.

That is, I don’t think I can learn from a wild animal how to live in particular–shall I suck warm blood, hold my tail high, walk with my footprints precisely over the prints of my hands?

The water lilies have blossomed and spread to a green horizontal plane that is terra firma to plodding blackbirds, and tremulous ceiling to black leeches, crayfish, and carp. What goes on in his brain the rest of the time? As a child, Dillard attended the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburghthough her parents did not attend.


The century’s best spiritual books ed. In her autobiography, Dillard describes reading a wide variety of subjects including geology, natural history, entomology, epidemiology, and poetry, among others.

What does a weasel think about? And I suspect that for me the way is like the weasel’s: In she married her creative writing professor, Richard Dillard, [19] Inthey divorced amicably, and she moved from Roanoke to Lummi Island near Bellingham, Washington.

Retrieved July 14, There was just a dot of chin, maybe two brown hairs’ worth, and then the pure white fur began that spread down his underside. People take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience–even of silence–by choice.

This page was last edited on 22 Novemberat The New York Times. Her first prose book, Pilgrim at Tinker Aanniemakes references not only to Christ and the Bible weasfls, but also to Islamand JudaismBuddhismand Inuit spirituality.

A Reader ; p. I would like to live as I should, as the weasel lives as he should. In the second half, Dillard hosts a group of Chinese writers, whom she takes to Disneyland along with Allen Ginsberg.

When she told her minister of her decision, she was given four volumes of C. The weasel lives in necessity and we live in choice, hating necessity and dying at the last ignobly in its talons. In her first book of poems Tickets for a Prayer WheelDillard first articulated themes that she would later explore in other works of prose. A yellow bird appeared to my right and flew behind me.