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 meaningIn 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


10 thoughts on “The Least Cricket of Evening

  1. Sophfronia Scott Sophfronia Scott says:

    This is the most beautiful book I ve read in a long time In these meditative essays author Robert Vivian trains an unflinching yet compassionate eye on disturbing instances a teammate s suicide, a neighbor losing his home in a fire, the sadness invoked by clearing weeds in a Jewish cemetery in Poland to find gorgeous moments of inspiration and hope It s the type of book you can read again and again and each time find a new point of life affirming insight and wisdom.


  2. Ryan Ryan says:

    The back flap states, In the tradition of meditative essay, the writing begins with the mundane moment and, through the delicate working s of curiosity, contemplation, and inspiration, reveals unsuspected meaning This is the perfect synopsis, one I can t really improve upon There are about 25 short, 6 8 page reflections, covering such topics as hearing train whistles, observing teeth, greeting a beggar, remembering a baseball teammate, and constant observations of people, sounds, actions The back flap states, In the tradition of meditative essay, the writing begins with the mundane moment and, through the delicate working s of curiosity, contemplation, and inspiration, reveals unsuspected meaning This is the perfect synopsis, one I can t really improve upon There are about 25 short, 6 8 page reflections, covering such topics as hearing train whistles, observing teeth, greeting a beggar, remembering a baseball teammate, and constant observations of people, sounds, actions The writing is very dense and packed with metaphor creativity, extremely personal and explorative, and always takes the reader through the path of simple observation to a peek at the absolute and infinite I found each one of these pieces deep and profound, and they definitely make me feel like I need to regain some of that basic awe and witness bearing attention I feel like I ve lost as the pace of life has picked up but I also had to space these out as I read them, as I definitely had to be in the mood for each, and I couldn t really readthan two of these in a single sitting


  3. Pearse Anderson Pearse Anderson says:

    Yes Vivian can write poetically and fantastically about everything, and is marvelous at setting the stage for any aesthetic, no matter how small, but the essay collection began to fell formulaic about two thirds of the way through Vivian starts describing a small thing he saw in the streets or from his car or throughout his life and extrapolates that into the same message about how much he cannot understand about our universe, how everything is sacred and inter dimensional, how he sees the ever Yes Vivian can write poetically and fantastically about everything, and is marvelous at setting the stage for any aesthetic, no matter how small, but the essay collection began to fell formulaic about two thirds of the way through Vivian starts describing a small thing he saw in the streets or from his car or throughout his life and extrapolates that into the same message about how much he cannot understand about our universe, how everything is sacred and inter dimensional, how he sees the everyday in a new light now Okay, I get it Reading this was like trying to deepthroat a Chinese dragon every single essay I loved it, but it needs work, or at least better structuring Great sentences though, so many pieces of holy language


  4. Karen Karen says:

    A collection of brief lyric essays, which should be right up my alley Some of these are beautiful However, too often I wished they haddepth many of these use vague language some of the meditations are just stereotypes of people the narrator observes in passing Theinwardly focused essays tend to follow the pattern of I saw one thing, it reminded me of another thing, I had lots of feelings, and I don t know why and never will I feel like the question of why do I have these A collection of brief lyric essays, which should be right up my alley Some of these are beautiful However, too often I wished they haddepth many of these use vague language some of the meditations are just stereotypes of people the narrator observes in passing Theinwardly focused essays tend to follow the pattern of I saw one thing, it reminded me of another thing, I had lots of feelings, and I don t know why and never will I feel like the question of why do I have these feelings why is this meaningful to me should be the starting point of an essay, not something you just give up on at the outset


  5. Esther Bradley-detally Esther Bradley-detally says:

    Vivian s writing electrified me He can write talk about anything and his lyric take on anything is mesmerizing at least for me i find it s morning i m thatched headed in a rush, but had to stop i have profound interest and respect for this writer it s a wow, and i just discovered him accidentally.


  6. Mary Mary says:

    His second book of essays just as poetic and beautiful as the first The man loves words and uses them with perfection.