Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Annie Dillard is a writer and poet. After graduating from Hollins College with an MA in English she wrote Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, a nonfiction narrative about the natural world near her home in Roanoke, Virginia. Published in 1974, the book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
That it’s rough out there and chancy is no surprise. Every live thing is a survivor on a kind of extended emergency bivouac. But at the same time we are also created. In the Koran, Allah asks, “The heaven and the earth and all in between, thinkest thou I made them in jest?” It’s a good question.