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An American Childhood

Annie Dillard

What a marvel it was that so many times a day the world, like a church bell, reminded me to recall and contemplate the durable fact that I was here, and had awakened once more to find myself set down in a going world.

An autobiographical excursion into Annie Dillard’s Pittsburgh childhood, centered upon the emergence of her peculiar, fascinating consciousness. As always, a penetrating meditation on the passage of time, the interior life, and the jewels of contemplative experience.

…the distant, glittering world revealed itself as a brooding and separated scene – and so let slip a queer implication, that I myself was both observer and observable, and so a possible object of my own humming awareness.