For a while, I was worried that I might not find anything to spark my interest again. Then I stumbled onto this skinny, silly, crazy, exquisite little tome: As longtime readers of Ekostories know, I harbour a great fondness for several storytellers:
Secondly, almost all of the essays are shorter than normal, and on over-done topics, like dogs. I mean, I think dogs are cute in real life, but on the page, there are only so many things a dog is going to do.
And third, even the best writers here seem to be at their worst: There are a few essays that outshine everything else: A Subprime Parable" is a delightful, informative, page-turner - solid nonfiction.
Everything else is kinda meh. Sometimes it is full of things that I have already read, and am pleased to rediscover, and have between covers.
And sometimes, rarely, it is full of essays that reflect the interests of the guest editor, and is otherwise oblique to me. She died before that happened, but now I have to worry about meeting Mary Oliver at a party. She is, I gather, chiefly a poet.
The essays in the book she has edited seem to be largely concerned with the challenges associated with composition, rather than with the ostensible topics-- third world economics, or whatever. It is a thin volume, but it seems that the number of pieces is about the same as in years past.
Many of the essays are short-- a couple of pages-- which no doubt appeals to Ms. An epic war between a man and the deer who nibbled away his backyard arbor vitae, organized based on famous characters from literature and art. And you be the Moon, if you are periodically luminous and sometimes unobservable and your inner life has petered out.
A Subprime Parable" by Michael Lewis. A family lives in an unbelievably posh mansion for a year. My attempts to say more about this essay sounds trite and preachy, but the essay itself is not.
The evolution biological and social of our most prolific pet.While “things” may appear to be an imprecise word, it is an accurate descriptor for the subjects and images of Amy Leach’s lyric essay collection Things That Are (published by Milkweed Editions).
The water is wide; I can cross o’er.
I suppose that someday, suddenly, I will be transferred to another age, for example the chivalric or the bronze. The hope is, of course, that I arrive in period dress, but that I not resemble a contemporary luminary, for I wish to simply onlook. Things that Are is an incredibly beautiful reading experience.
Leach's ability to look at the extremely ordinary things in life and find the extraordinary things within them is a gift, and this collection of essays is a real treat/5(24). Leach's book is a must read for anyone who enjoys creative non-fiction, smiling, thinking, reading, Pandas, or learning obscure and beautiful facts about the world.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book/5(24). My favorite essay was written by a woman named Amy Leach, called you be the moon. Leach uses the science behind the moon's orbit to discuss the paths of human lives.
The book has a very unique collection of essays and i really enjoyed the read/5. Amy Leach is the author of Things That Are.. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and reviews, including A Public Space, Ecotone, Tin House, and Orion, in addition to Best American Essays and Best American Science and Nature Writing.