"Dillard's failure to allow for her readers' response...is the primary shortcoming of FOR THE TIME BEING. I would call it a failure of wit. Wit does not just mean humor, though here too there is a problem. I most often had trouble with Annie Dillard's prose when I thought she was trying to be darkly funny....[S]he--nobly, courageously and with the best of intentions--ultimately flounders."Dillard, Annie is the author of 'For the Time Being', published 2000 under ISBN 9780375703478 and ISBN 0375703470.