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In an essay entitled “Spirit and Vision" Melissa Pritchard poses the query: “Why write?" Her resolution reverberates all through A Solemn excitement, offering an indisputable case for either the ability of language and the nurturing fidelity of the writing lifestyles. even if describing the deeply inside creative existence required to put in writing fiction, trying to find the misplaced legacy of yank literature as embodied by way of Walt Whitman, being embedded with a tender lady GI in Afghanistan, touring with Ethiopian tribes, or revealing the heartrending tale of her informally followed son William, a former Sudanese baby slave, this can be nonfiction vividly engaged with the area. In those fifteen essays, Pritchard stocks her ardour for writing and storytelling that educates, honors, and inspires.
Melissa Pritchard is the writer of, so much lately, the unconventional Palmerino and the fast tale assortment The Odditorium. Her books have acquired the Flannery O'Connor, Janet Heidinger Kafka, and Carl Sandburg awards and of her brief fiction collections have been long island occasions outstanding ebook and Editors' selection choices. Pritchard has labored as a journalist in Afghanistan, India, and Ethiopia, and her nonfiction has seemed in a variety of guides, together with O, The Oprah journal, Arrive, Chicago Tribune, and Wilson Quarterly. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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When has this not been the primary challenge for us ants tamping down the anthill? I went out, Cornell-like, to wander in the city. The Mexican photographer Manuel Bravo had an exhibition with the epigram "Extract the precise from the precious," and I came across a line by Don DeLillo that urged scraping to the bottom of all we've layered on. I had my lessons about depth, about excavating to the stones waiting to be carved, but I could not apply them because there to bury me, instead, was a time of heartbreak, illness, and looming divorce.

T h e y are interludes, moments of respite rather than conclusions, thresholds rather than settled destinations offering us tentative points of departure. Further, it seems that stories offer us a vital link to our home, our homeland, and our imagined selves. In my case, I have found that every return h o m e is a return to story, not simply because in Sri Lanka storytellers and soothsayers, politicians and priests, all know the power of narrative and the uses to which it can be put, but because on a much more intimate level, every family reunion constitutes a reconnection with a network of narratives in which rumors metamorphose into myth and history is translated into legend.

T h e long, luminous turning between life and death is the subject of the work. " Simultaneity of time, memory, and the question of faith are mysteries that open and close in the last lines of Porter's stories. In Tolstoy, death exists to birth Ivan Ilyich into an immensity beyond life. Tolstoy hints that the mind cannot comprehend the loss of identity; language can. Language carries within it the soul of Jayne Anne Phillips 35 identity, culture, and history, and the evolution of the soul is most clearly seen in the process we call metamorphosis.

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