Wild Thoughts from Wild Places

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439125279

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 2086


In Wild Thoughts from Wild Places, award-winning journalist David Quammen reminds us why he has become one of our most beloved science and nature writers. This collection of twenty-three of Quammen's most intriguing, most exciting, most memorable pieces takes us to meet kayakers on the Futaleufu River of southern Chile, where Quammen describes how it feels to travel in fast company and flail for survival in the river's maw. We are introduced to the commerce in pearls (and black-market parrots) in the Aru Islands of eastern Indonesia. Quammen even finds wildness in smog-choked Los Angeles -- embodied in an elusive population of urban coyotes, too stubborn and too clever to surrender to the sprawl of civilization. With humor and intelligence, David Quammen's Wild Thoughts from Wild Places also reminds us that humans are just one of the many species on earth with motivations, goals, quirks, and eccentricities. Expect to be entertained and moved on this journey through the wilds of science and nature.

Wild Spaces, Open Seasons

Hunting and Fishing in American Art

Author: Kevin Sharp

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806157038

Category: Art

Page: 204

View: 4084


Wild Spaces, Open Seasons traces the theme of hunting and fishing in American art from the early nineteenth century through World War II. Describing a remarkable group of American paintings and sculpture, the contributors reveal the pervasiveness of the subjects and the fascinating contexts from which they emerged. In one important example after another, the authors demonstrate that representations of hunting and fishing did more than illustrate subsistence activities or diverting pastimes. The portrayal of American hunters and fishers also spoke to American ambitions and priorities. In his introduction, noted outdoorsman and author Stephen J. Bodio surveys the book’s major artists, who range from society painters to naturalists and modernists. Margaret C. Adler then explores how hunting and fishing imagery in American art reflects traditional myths, some rooted in classicism, others in the American appetite for tall tales. Kory W. Rogers, in his discussion of works that valorize the dangers hunters faced pursuing their prey, shows how American artists constructed new rituals at a time when the United States was rapidly transforming from a frontier society into a modern urban nation. Shirley Reece-Hughes looks at depictions of families, pairs, and parties of hunters and fishers and how social bonding reinvigorated American society at a time of social, political, and cultural change. Finally, Adam M. Thomas considers themes of exploration and hunting as integral to conveying the individualism that was a staple of westward expansion. In their depictions of the hunt or the catch, American artists connected a dynamic and developing nation to its past and its future. Through the examination of major works of art, Wild Spaces, Open Seasons brings to light an often-overlooked theme in American painting and sculpture.

When the Wild Comes Leaping Up

Personal Encounters with Nature

Author: David Suzuki

Publisher: Greystone Books

ISBN: 1926706153

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 5400


In this eloquent collection, writers from the United States, Canada, the U.K., and Australia describe a personal encounter with the natural world that moved them, enhanced their understanding of nature, changed them, or was in some other way of prime importance to them. These essays describe childhood memories, everyday walks transformed into life-changing events, being in the grip of a great force, and startling encounters with wild animals. They are funny, sad, reflective, exciting, nostalgic, and outlandish. Each one presents a singular experience, and all are beautifully written and deeply felt. Personal encounters with the natural world written by award-winning authors. Some of the award-winning contributors include Margaret Atwood, Diane Ackerman, David Quammen, Rick Bass, and Wade Davis.

Writers on the Air

Conversations about Books

Author: Donna Seaman

Publisher: Paul Dry Books

ISBN: 1589880218

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 467

View: 1067


Culled from Donna Seaman’s Chicago radio program, Open Books, this collection of interviews highlights Seaman's in-depth conversations with writers of literary fiction and creative nonfiction. A wide range of topics are discussed, including writers' inspiration, their favorite books, their working and research habits, and their opinion of the state of literature today. An introductory essay accompanies each interview and provides a brief biographical and critical discussion of the author's background and work. Interviews with Margaret Atwood, T. C. Boyle, Sandra Cisneros, Jamaica Kincaid, Chang-rae Lee, Alice McDermott, and Joyce Carol Oates are among those included.

The Boilerplate Rhino

Nature in the Eye of the Beholder

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439125430

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 6864


In 1981 David Quammen began what might be every freelance writer's dream: a monthly column for Outside magazine in which he was given free rein to write about anything that interested him in the natural world. His column was called "Natural Acts," and for the next fifteen years he delighted Outside's readers with his fascinating ruminations on the world around us. The Boilerplate Rhino brings together twenty-six of Quammen's most thoughtful and engaging essays from that column, none previously printed in any of his earlier books. In lucid, penetrating, and often quirkily idiosyncratic prose, David Quammen takes his readers with him as he explores the world. His travels lead him to rattlesnake handlers in Texas; a lizard specialist in Baja; the dinosaur museum in Jordan, Montana; and halfway across Indonesia in search of the perfect Durian fruit. He ponders the history of nutmeg in the southern Moluccas, meditates on bioluminescent beetles while soaking in the waters of the Amazon, and delivers "The Dope on Eggs" from a chicken ranch near his hometown in Montana. Quammen's travels are always jumping-off points to explore the rich and sometimes horrifying tension between humankind and the natural world, in all its complexity and ambivalence. The result is another irrepressible assortment of ideas to explore, conundrums to contemplate, and wondrous creatures to behold.

Wild Thoughts

Author: Leena Love

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1525528041

Category: Fiction

Page: 202

View: 788


Jake is new to town and determined, for once, to live a simple life. All he wants is to work his groundskeeper job, stay fit, make some friends, and find romance with his sexy, cat-loving hairdresser, Joline—and keep the secret that he’s ludicrously wealthy. When romance sparks between Jake and Joline, he thinks he’s got it all figured it out, that is until he discovers Joline has her own secrets. The truth is that she has more in common with her cats than Jake could ever guess. Jake soon discovers that his new life is nothing close to simple, and that his normal friends are anything but. Then, sabotaged by an old, jealous flame, Jake soon discovers just how it feels to be in touch with his wild, inner animal and he finds himself losing the love of his life. Can these lovers reconcile their true natures? Can there be harmony between the conflicting parts of themselves? Or will Jake’s quest to change his own animal instincts cause him to lose everything? Wild Thoughts is part romance, part paranormal fantasy. Erotic, compelling, and mysterious, the heat between these characters will keep you reading and wanting more.

The Song of the Dodo

Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439124965

Category: Nature

Page: 704

View: 7690


David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders. In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity. Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.

Writing Environments

Author: Sidney I. Dobrin,Christopher J. Keller

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791483894

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 377

View: 8024


"Writing Environments addresses the intersections between writing and nature through interviews with some of America's leading environmental writers. The interviews are followed by critical responses from writing scholars. This diverse range of voices speaks lucidly and captivatingly about topics such as place, writing, teaching, politics, race, and culture, and how these overlap in many complex ways."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

In die Wildnis

Allein nach Alaska

Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492957773

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 734


Im August 1992 wurde die Leiche von Chris McCandless im Eis von Alaska gefunden. Wer war dieser junge Mann, und was hatte ihn in die gottverlassene Wildnis getrieben? Jon Krakauer hat sein Leben erforscht, seine Reise in den Tod rekonstruiert und ein traurig-schönes Buch geschrieben über die Sehnsucht, die diesen Mann veranlasste, sämtliche Besitztümer und Errungenschaften der Zivilisation hinter sich zu lassen, um tief in die wilde und einsame Schönheit der Natur einzutauchen.– Verfilmt von Sean Penn mit Emile Hirsch.

Der große Trip

Tausend Meilen durch die Wildnis zu mir selbst

Author: Cheryl Strayed

Publisher: Kailash Verlag

ISBN: 3641046025

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 7028


EAT, PRAY, LOVE meets Hape Kerkeling Gerade 26 geworden, hat Cheryl Strayed das Gefühl, alles verloren zu haben. Drogen und Männer trösten sie über den Tod ihrer Mutter und das Scheitern ihrer Ehe hinweg. Als ihr ein Outdoor-Führer über den Pacific Crest Trail in die Hände fällt, trifft sie die folgenreichste Entscheidung ihres Lebens: mehr als tausend Meilen zu wandern. Die berührende Geschichte einer Selbstfindung – voller Witz, Weisheit und Intensität, mit einer respektlosen Heldin, die man lieben muss.

The land's wild music

encounters with Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, & James Galvin

Author: Mark Tredinnick

Publisher: Trinity Univ Pr

ISBN: 9781595340177

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 338

View: 1916


"A lyric reflection on the nature of landscape and its power to shape the lives and syntax of men and women. Examines the work of American writers Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, and James Galvin, looking at how their landscapes--the Cascades, Long Island, the Colorado Plateau, and the high prairies of the Rocky Mountains--have shaped them"--Provided by publisher.

Into Wild Places

Author: Robert Hoppensteadt

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465325105

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 8192


In the area between the ruins of San Franciscos skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge, the town of Fesh has sprung up around the fortress Cul-Dara, and there has been peace and prosperity for several hundred years. Here the Womens Council controls the government and Cul Guard, while Hunters, under their Patriarch, protect the citizens from monstrous carnivores that roam the land and sea. The Hunters are also responsible for keeping away raiders and slavers who ply the coastal waters, as well as the outcasts called Non that live in the interior marsh. One day, as Fesh is filling up with revelers for the autumn Equinal Games, a Non warrior is captured in the ruins. Forced to make a choice, he divulges an alliance that threatens to devastate the town and everyone in it. This sets in motion a chain of events that will keep you turning the pages one by one, until the story is told.

The Wild Places

Author: Robert Macfarlane

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1847081592

Category: Nature

Page: 352

View: 4414


Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? Or have we tarmacked, farmed and built ourselves out of wildness? In his vital, bewitching, inspiring classic, Robert Macfarlane sets out in search of the wildness that remains.

Wild Adventures in Wild Places

Author: Gordon Stables

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 146551693X

Category: Children's literature

Page: 333

View: 1634


There is no doubt at all that when young Frank Willoughby brought out his book with him, and seated himself on the trunk of the old fallen tree, he meant to read it; but this intention had soon been abandoned, and, at the moment our tale commences, the book lay on the grass at his feet, and Frank was dreaming. He was not asleep, not a bit of it; his eyes were as wide open as yours or mine are at this moment; but there was a far-away look in them, and you could tell by the cloud that seemed to hang on his lowered brow that his thoughts were none of the pleasantest. He was not alone, at least not quite, for, not a yard away from his feet, there sat gazing up into his face—why, what do you think? A great toad! Do not start; men in solitude have taken up with stranger companions than this. And Frank was solitary, or at least he conceived himself to be so; and day after day he left his home on the borders of the great forest of Epping, and wandered down here into the depths of the wood, and seated himself idly on that log as we see him now. The toad had come to know him, and he to know the toad. He even brought crumbs for him, which the batrachian never failed to discuss, and seemed to enjoy. So the two took a kindly interest in each other’s welfare. On this particular forenoon the summer sun was very bright; it shimmered down through the trees like a shower of gold, it glittered on the grass-stems, it brightened the petals of the wild flowers, and burnished the backs of myriads of beetles, as they opened their cloaks and tried to fly in it. No wonder that on this glorious morning the birds sang in every tree, and that the happy hum of insect life was everywhere around. “Well, old gentleman,” said Frank at last, addressing the toad, “you are like myself, I think; you are not over happy.” “Pooh!” the toad seemed to reply. “I’m enjoying the sunshine and the free, fresh air, ain’t I? My house isn’t many yards round the corner. I’m a jolly old bachelor, that’s what I am, and there’s no life like it. No, I’m not unhappy, if you are. Pooh!” “Heigho!” sighed Frank.

Creating Writers

Through 6-trait Writing Assessment and Instruction

Author: Vicki Spandel

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon


Category: Education

Page: 388

View: 754


"Creating Writers," Fourth Edition, is the most comprehensive exploration of the 6-trait approach to writing yet! Written by the pioneer of 6-trait writing, this Fourth Edition brings everything up to date, offering a comprehensive overview of the best education strategies and philosophies from the worlds of writing assessment and instruction. It provides clear guidelines on helping students draft, assess, and revise their writing, as well as explicit criteria to show students precisely what they must do to succeed as writers in virtually any situation. Widely used at the state level, school districts are incorporating the 6 traits into their state standards or assessments. This is the only book on the market that effectively helps teachers of writing prepare their students for success on state tests. " New format and organization is designed to make the content clear and simple. New and revised checklists for genre-specific writing instruction to separate key elements in narrative writing, literary analysis, and persuasive writing. New and creative ways to use 6-trait writing in classrooms are explored - including adaptations for kinesthetic learners and second language learners. Ringing Endorsements for "CREATING WRITERS"! ""Not only is Creating Writers the most comprehensive book ever on 6-trait writing instruction and assessment, it's also a practical, inspirational guide for any writing classroom. It's one of those rare professional books that both teachers and administrators read cover to cover, and you'll find the well-worn copies on their desks to prove it. This extensively revised edition, with voluminous examples from students and literature, draws the strongest link yet between writing assessment and instruction. No writing classroom should be without it."" -Barry Lane Author of "After THE END: Teaching and Learning Creative Revision, The Reviser's Toolbox, and The Portfolio Sourcebook." ""Spandel has done it again! In Creating Writers, Fourth Edition, she shares her current thought and unparalleled skill, framed around the traits of writing. The originator once again inspires us with practical, enriched instruction and assessment applications-promising practices for teaching and learning at its zenith. On behalf of classroom teachers everywhere -Thank you, Vicki!"" -Dr. Donna Flood Director of Staff Development and Instructional Improvement, Millard Public Schools, Omaha, NE ""If you're only going to read one book about teaching writing this year, make it Creating Writers. It's lively and fast-paced, filled cover to cover with practical help on using the six traits to enrich writing instruction and assessment, from one-on-one writing conferences to building craft lessons. This book gives you and your students a shared language with which to talk about writing. No writing teacher in America has done more than Vicki Spandel to show how to actually make writing workshops work. Whether you're a new teacher or a veteran, you'll find both inspiration and how-to-do-it strategies in Creating Writers. As an added bonus, you will find that the strategies detailed in this book prepare students for success on state writing assessments as well as for their journey as life-long writers."" -Dr. Tommy Thomason, Head of Journalism Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas For more information on this book and related books, visit www.abprofessionaled.com.

Wild Places

Wilderness in Eastern New South Wales

Author: Peter Prineas,Henry Gold

Publisher: Katsehamos & the Great Idea

ISBN: 9780858811584

Category: Wilderness areas

Page: 287

View: 9383