Writing from the Center (Paperback)
Indiana University Press, 9780253211439, 216pp.
Publication Date: July 22, 1997
Winner Great Lakes Book Award, 1996
... essays of substance and beauty... they belong beside the work of Annie Dillard, Samuel Pickering, and Wendell Berry." --Library Journal
His essays are so good one is tempted to stand up and applaud after reading them." --Body Mind Spirit
How can one live a meaningful, gathered life in a world that seems broken and scattered?" That is the question Scott Sanders probes in this book. Writing from the Center is about one very fine writer's quest for a meaningful moral life. The center he seeks and describes is geographical, emotional, artistic, and spiritual--and it is rooted in place. The geography is midwestern, the impulses are universal. Where and how do we find meaning? Where does a writer find inspiration? How can personal, artistic, family, and community needs be blended to create a harmonious life? What aids exist in such a "located" life against despair? How should a writer relate to and represent his place?