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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Seize it and let it seize you up aloft even, till your eyes burn out and drop; let your musky flesh fall off in shreds, and let your very bones unhinge and scatter, loosened over fields, over fields and woods, lightly, thoughtless, from any height at all, from as high as eagles.

Anniw minutes from my house, through the woods by the quarry and across the highway, is Hollins Pond, a remarkable piece of shallowness, where I like to go at sunset and sit on a tree trunk.

I would like to live as I should, as the weasel lives as he should. Dillard’s memoir An American Childhood focuses on “waking up” [1] from a self-absorbed childhood, and becoming immersed in the weaselw moment of the larger world.

Several of her poems and short stories were published, and during this time she also worked for Johnson’s Anti-Poverty Program. She taught at Western Washington University part-time as a writer-in-residence. The Maytrees is Dillard’s second novel. This is equivalent to the kind of journalism John Keeble calls horizontal energy, a term he borrows from Wes Jackson, that indicates thebest sources for good stories.


Annie Dillard – Wikipedia

Among the influential books from her youth were The Natural Way to Draw and Field Book of Ponds and Streams [3] because they allowed her a way to interact with the present moment and a way of escape, respectively. While writing the book, she restricted herself from reading works dillrd postdated dilladr time in which The Living was set, nor did she use anachronistic words.

Johnson, Sandra Humble Our eyes locked, and someone threw away the key.

The weasel lives in necessity and we live in choice, hating necessity and dying at the last ignobly in its talons. I come to Hollins Pond not so much to learn how to live as, frankly, dilard forget about it. Mornings Like This is a book dedicated to found poetry.

His journal is tracks in clay, a spray of feathers, mouse blood and bone: For instance, we know by liivng turn in Dillard’s narrative–paragraph three– without Dillard coming right lifing 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.

Now, in summer, the steers are gone. Sometimes he lives in his den for two days without leaving.

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? He was ten inches long, thin as a curve, a muscled ribbon, brown as fruitwood, soft-furred, alert.

As Dillard herself notes, “‘The Weasel’ is lots of fun; the much-botched church service is I think hilarious. The antithesis is vertical energy, a spectacle of lights and glitter that contains no real information.


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.

Annie Dillard

In her first book of poems Tickets for a Prayer WheelDillard first articulated themes that she would later explore in other works of prose. Retrieved December 1, Down is a good place to go, where the mind is single. Inartist Jenny Holzer used An Livihg Childhoodalong with three other books, in her light-based ‘scrolling’ artwork “For Pittsburgh”, installed at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.

As a child, Dillard attended the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburghthough her parents did not attend. I’d never seen one wild before. I startled a weasel who startled me, and we exchanged a long glance. She grew up in Pittsburgh in the 50s in “a house full of comedians.

Time and events are merely poured, unremarked, and ingested directly, like blood pulsed into my gut through a jugular vein. Who knows what he thinks? This is yielding, not fighting. Her first prose book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creekmakes references not only to Christ and the Biblebut also to Islamand JudaismBuddhismand Inuit spirituality.

Library resources about Annie Dillard.

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Down is out, out of your ever-loving mind and back to your careless senses. What does a weasel think about? I would like to learn, or remember, how to live. He based part of its text on Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.