Rolling Western America Nature Now

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I wanted a catch-all thread for western americas armchair nature stuff.

Everywhere is like this now

Wouldn't want to be there in a million years. But recognize that my experience of nature is social and mediated. I don't have anything interesting to say about it. Personally I still look for and appreciate otherness on the earth. Hopefully there will be stuff in that vein to share, instead of just a million variations of 'people sure are obsessed with Horseshoe Bend." Sorry if none of this makes any sense.

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 17:04 (two weeks ago) link

Map, have you read any Everett Ruess? Well, there's not much formal 'writing' but his diaries are pretty compelling

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 23 May 2023 18:22 (two weeks ago) link

oh i'm aware of ruess and i've been meaning to get around to the diaries. i have an issue with a lot of western naturalist writing where i'm prickly about prose style but i may be entering the phase in my life where i'm starting to let that slide. cf wallace stegner who i'll probably try again this year.

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 20:54 (two weeks ago) link

ruess though, i admire the woodblock prints i've seen of his

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 20:54 (two weeks ago) link

anyway thanks for dropping in andy the grasshopper

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 23 May 2023 20:55 (two weeks ago) link

Ruess is not so much a nature writer as he's just chronicling his wanderings and adventures, a young man's thoughts.
I've read a fair amount of Stegner, he's a proper 'writer' which Ruess had not yet become when he disappeared

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 23 May 2023 22:25 (two weeks ago) link

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