PERHAPS IT IS the landscape that  inspires such itchy-footed greed. From Emerson to Whitman, Twain to Washington and Cather all the way up to Junot Diaz, so many of America’s best writers cannot sit still for long. They are hungry to see where they are calling from, and the early Americans took unimaginable risks to do so. By stagecoach, by river, by railroad they went.

Source: The Abundance review: Natural wisdom from Annie Dillard in her 40-year career
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