The Least Cricket of Evening by Robert Vivian

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In the tradition of the meditative essay, the writing of Robert Vivian begins with a mundane moment and, through the delicate workings of curiosity, contemplation, and inspiration, reveals unsuspected meaning.
In his second collection of essays Vivian finds his occasions in midwestern towns and European cities. He looks for—and sometimes stumbles upon—the spiritual significance of circumstances and places and those who inhabit them, from the Jewish dead in a long-neglected cemetery in Poland to a dog slaughtered on a highway fronting the Black Sea to gunshots ringing out in rural Michigan. Again and again Vivian probes what such phenomena suggest about the times we live in—and what they share with every time that ever was.
 

About Robert Vivian

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Robert Vivian's stories, poems, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, and his plays have been produced in New York City. He is the author of the award-winning book Cold Snap as Yearning (available in a Bison Books edition) and teaches English and creative writing at Alma College in Michigan.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Bison Books. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In most of the pieces, Vivian paints vivid images then ruminates on why he is drawn to them: a red-robed bishop shows him how to walk with grace through “the vague malaise dripping like a bad faucet at the heart of town.” As compared to the perfect smiles of most Americans, the snaggle-toothed a...

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Essayist Robert Vivian, inspired by Thomas Merton's "unspeakable secret" -- that "Paradise is all around us and we do not understand" (the book's epigraph) -- finds treasures in mundane people, places and moments.

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Publisher: Bison Books Product Description In the tradition of the meditative essay, the writing of Robert Vivian begins with a mundane moment and, through the delicate workings of curiosity, contemplation, and inspir...

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Robert Vivian is a gifted writer and a close and thoughtful observer of nature and people whose best essays from “The Least Cricket of Evening” stand comfortably beside the discourses of Midwestern masters like Joseph Epstein and Scott Russell Sanders.

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