The PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award honors the best book of best essays, drawing attention to an author's entire body of work. In his introduction to The Best American Essays 1988, author Annie Dillard argues that the essay does everything the short story and poem cannot. In "Total Eclipse," Dillard shows how the essay combines the climactic intensity of short fiction with the intricate imagery and meditative dynamics of the personal essay.
Mosquitoes still here, far less than a few weeks ago. If you are near anywhere wooded that's lower ground you'll need bug spray. Few black flies but nothing too bad. No deer or horse flies yet. Mayfly hatch varies a bit from place to place. Once you're on the water Mosquitoes are not bad. We got more rain tonight but no crazy storms
The mayflies are just starting in Frazier Bay. We could see a few in the boat the last couple of days. Then started seeing big trails on water yesterday and today. I just got done cleaning 3 walleyes and they were full of them.