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If you could sum up For the Time Being in three words, what would they be?
Dillard Delights. She provokes thought. She laces together other writers, her own travel experiences, cultural, religious, and spiritual traditions, and natural history. Her message is not overly didactic, but clearly secular, probably atheistic. She brings together these elements related to being--birth, death, grains of sand--how they evolve, how many there are, how they shape the world, how an individual feels about them. She deals with god in a similar even handed way, with curiosity, as if wondering how we came up with this idea.
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I was very distracted by the multiple mispronunciations in Tavia Gilbert's performance. Simple words like "temporal" and "Abiquiu, New Mexico" --a quick listen at dictionary or goole search would have answered if she had asked, "How does one pronounce this?" I wonder, "how does one get paid to mispronounce so many words?"
Gilbert's voice is likeable enough. Her volume and pacing are good. But she seems to read without a lot of meaning--as if she doesn't fully comprehend the text.
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Annie Dilliard always impresses with her writing skill and ability to create wonder and beauty out of the incredible good & evil of the world. She makes you think about the past the present and the future of humanity like no other contemporary author.
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