One long river of song : notes on wonder
|Format:||Print Book 2019|
|Availability:||Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 9 copies|
When Brian Doyle died of brain cancer at the age of sixty, he left behind dozens of books -- fiction and nonfiction, as well as hundreds of essays -- and a cult-like following who regarded his writing on spirituality as one of the best-kept secrets of the 21st century. Though Doyle occasionally wrote about Catholic spirituality, his writing is more broadly about the religion of everyday things. He writes with a delightful sense of wonder about the holiness of small things, and about love in all its forms: spiritual love, brotherly love, romantic love, friendly love, love of nature, and even the love of a nine-foot sturgeon.
At a time when our world feels darker than ever, Doyle's essays are a balm for the tired soul. He finds beauty in the quotidian: the awe of a child the first time she hears a river, the whiskers a grieving widow misses seeing in her sink every day -- but through his eyes, nothing is ordinary.
David James Duncan sums up Doyle's sensibilities best in his introduction to the collection: "Brian Doyle lived the pleasure of bearing daily witness to the glories hidden in people, places and creatures of little or no size or renown, and brought inimitably playful or soaring or aching or heartfelt language to his tellings." In a time when wonder seems to be in short supply, Your One Wild and Precious Life, Doyle and Duncan invite readers to experience it in the most ordinary of moments, and allow themselves joy in the smallest of things.
The final frontier
The wonder of the look on her face
The old typewriter in the basement
The old Methodist church on Vashon Island
Brian Doyle interviews Brian Doyle
Pants : a note
20 things the dog ate
The Daoine sídhe
The way we do not say what we mean when we say what we say
On not "beating" cancer
The praying mantis moment
The greatest nature essay ever
The creature beyond the mountains
Our daily murder
Because it's hard
Lost Dog Creek
Everyone thinks that awful comes by itself, but it doesn't
The Four Gospels
Dawn and Mary
His last game
Beer with Peter
A song for nurses
Bird to bird
To the beach
Lines hatched on the back porch of Eudora Welty's House in Jackson, Mississippi
Joey's doll's other arm
The room in the firehouse
Selections from letters and comments on my writing
Billy Blake's trial
On All Souls Day
A prayer for you and yours
The tender next minute
His holiness the Dalai Lama, manifestaion of Chenrezig, bodhisattva of compassion, stops the car along the road to watch children play soccer
Two on two
What were once pebbles are now cliffs
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|Publisher|| New York :2019
|Other Titles|| Essays.
1 long river of song
Duncan, David James,
writer of foreword.
xix, 251 pages ; 24 cm