Tuesday, October 27, 2009

In love with an essay

Check out Alexander Chee's essay "Annie Dillard and the Writing Life." I'm in love with this essay. I plan on saving it and giving it to my creative writing students to read ... when I eventually have creative writing students to whom I assign readings.

And, interestingly enough, Dillard, though Chee, finally articulates a reason for literary writers disliking gerunds. Previously it had been one of those "just avoid such-n-such" rules that I had headed but not understood.

1 comment:

margosita said...

Oh! Lucky future students. I love the essay, too. And Chee, in general. And Dillard, obviously. So, yeah, that essay was made of win from the beginning.

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