Pilgrim

Man, I just started reading this book.  I'm absolutely blown away by it, and this isn't even the first time I'm reading it.  I'm thinking that I just might have to read Dillard every couple of years to remind myself to really live.

I could write an essay on any paragraph.  I could quote you the whole book, it's that good.  But this time around this quote struck me with a very potent force:

"Certain Indians used to carve long grooves along the wooden shafts of their arrows.  They called the grooves "lightning marks," because they resembled the curved fissure lightning slices down the trunks of trees.  The function of lightning marks is this: if the arrow fails to kill the game, the blood from a deep wound will channel along the lightning mark, streak down the arrow shaft, and spatter to the ground, laying a trail dripped on broad-leaves, on stones, that the barefoot and trembling archer can follow into whatever deep or rare wilderness it leads.  I am the arrow shaft, carved along my length by unexpected lights and gashes from the very sky, and this book is the straying trail of blood."

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  1. I have the Dillard Reader on my shelf right now (well, actually it's in a box with all my other books since I move in 2 days) and you've just made me realize I've got to read this book.

  2. Seriously, I think I've been needing to read this again for a while. So good.

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