Robert D. Richardson Jr.'s, Thoreau: A Life of the Mind (1987), is an thoroughly researched and amazingly rich biography of the man who, for many, is mainly known as living a semi-solitary two years on property owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walden pond, and offering up, as a product of this living experiment, the… Continue reading On Thoreau and His Reading
Loren Eiseley is hard to pin down. He calls himself a "bone hunter," and a "naturalist." By profession he was an anthropologist. He has even been called a mystic. He is all of these things. Thankfully. He takes everything in and sifts through it offering us, as the bone does to him, little bits of wisdom.
"A Harvest/HBJ Book" 1969. "What is it that we are a part of that we do not see, as the spider was not gifted to discern my face, or my little probe into her world?"page 54 Unless one writes works of fiction, most books are a collection of essays held loosely together by an intention… Continue reading Is Man “the beast that cannot learn?”: Loren Eiseley’s The Unexpected Universe
"Life is never fixed and stable. It is always mercurial, rolling and splitting, disappearing and re-emerging in a most unpredictable fashion" (69)
I first heard of Edward Abbey when reading Belden Lane's, The Solace of Fierce Landscapes. When I did a quick google search I was interested in his reputation as a sort of fierce individual, who is is linked to an approach to environmentalism that is often visceral, but supported by intellect. I selected Desert Solitaire because… Continue reading Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey