On Nostalgia and Writing Toward Mystery
lovely story / very personal and you included your daughter !! i too feel the danger and the finality of things (my father the baptist preacher used to preach about the apocalypse from the book of revelations) / it seems to me we are going thru a portal as a species and as a tribe / this will be a communal experience of some sort / we will all be changed by it / there is the adventure and the mystery / your daughter is perceiving the world as a magical place full of possibility and so do i / portals abound
Fabulous. Hit all the right notes. Eager for more…
Ooooh gosh, Amber, I've been thinking about these same things - the loss of magic, the attempt to retrieve it - so much. It's part of why I return often to certain books that I read as a kid that *do* have some kind of sticking power, at least for me (Ella Enchanted, say, or Little Women, or the Chrestomanci series, or Tamora Pierce's books). They help me find that feeling again.
But meanwhile, as an adult, I also find myself relying on the writers who are good at putting mystery and magic of some kind on the page and who are good at discussing it too to help me recapture this.
Thank you for writing about this, and for this beautiful essay, and for being a person in the world.