By W Scott Olsen
W. Scott Olsen and Bret Lott invited a dozen associates to think about one specific calendar month within the position they name domestic. the result's A yr in position, a charming selection of new writing through twelve eminent American writers.
More than a montage of voices and stories, A 12 months in position illustrates, as Olsen and Lott clarify of their creation, the developments in American brooding about who we're and what we care approximately. Rick Bass takes us to the Yaak Valley of Montana in June, the place fawns are arriving, "newly-emerged, knocked-legged and groggy, legs nonetheless unfolding from that lengthy drowsing passage." Peggy Shumaker explores the precise social and cultural time that's March in Fairbanks, Alaska, the place an extended wintry weather has whetted the psychic depression of population who locate within the "sky’s insufferable brightness . . . a waking soreness past endurance." Michael Martone transports us via reminiscence to Indiana within the Fifties the place each one could a blimp "yawed and floated up," wallowing above a suburban local on its approach to the Indianapolis 500.
These and 9 different contributions yield an unforgettable publication approximately "the areas we discover ourselves blessed adequate to be."
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The town of Nenana hires elders to watch, twenty-four hours a day, to make sure nobody tampers with the hardware, and to see if the ice is doing anything yet. People with a scientific bent have produced charts and graphs of depth of ice, ambient temperatures, water temperatures, rate of flow of the water underneath, wind chill, and snow cover. The people who guess by adding up their children’s birthdays and subtracting their anniversary still win just about as often. The purse usually weighs in between two hundred thousand and three hundred thousand dollars, and the town welcomes the influx of ice watchers and ticket buyers, and depends on the much needed revenue.
That’s what I told her. That’s what I believed. But of course that’s not what happened. Cancer is a force of nature, awesome and frightening as any flood or wildfire or earthquake or hurricane, though it works microscopically, cell by demolishing cell. No two cases are exactly the same—how could they be, when our bodies are so different, one from another? But medicine dwells in a deterministic world of probability and past behavior. Doctors knew well enough how to read the signs of my mother’s case, though we, as usual, mistook them.
Unsolved, why a person people had to see but could not recall, a person so ordinary he was unremarkable, not out of place, a person capable of the most brutal devastation passes unnoticed among us. In smaller doses, what he carries, what he represents, surges within us. But we also carry what Sophie did—unrealized promise, curiosity about the wider world, and a finite time here on earth. I think of Sophie Sergie, this step in her journey done, and vacillate among anger, sorrow, fear, and a need to know.
A Year In Place by W Scott Olsen