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August 9   -   ArtsJournal: music

Read Annie Dillard's Classic Essay About Solar Eclipses

"I had seen a partial eclipse in 1970. A partial eclipse is very interesting. It bears almost no relation to a total eclipse. Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him, or as flying in an airplane does to falling out of an airplane. Although the one experience precedes the other, it in no way prepares you for it." In honor of this month's event, The Atlantic brings back Dillard's 1982 piece "Total Eclipse."


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