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Postby Seamus » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:24 pm

Can you read Lonesome Dove independent of the other books in the series? It got published first, right?
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:26 pm

Yes, you can.
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Postby bazooka » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:50 pm

Eyeball Kid wrote:Lonesome Dove is terrific and fits the page-turner bill, but also has 800 pages in need of turning. (If that matters to you, bazooka.)


this is good to know. i don't think length is an issue for me. longer stuff actually appeals in some ways.
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Postby the upland trout » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:59 pm

Reading and really enjoying this: Image

What are some other good books of nature writing? I'm designing an environmental ethics course and a philosophy of nature course, but most of what I know is more academic, so I'm just now exploring this stuff.
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:26 pm

pretty much everything John McPhee has done. Edward Abbey also. H is for Hawk by Helen Mcdonald really blew me away too; kind of a combination of memoir and nature writing.
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Postby atomicbombshell » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:30 pm

the upland trout wrote:What are some other good books of nature writing? I'm designing an environmental ethics course and a philosophy of nature course, but most of what I know is more academic, so I'm just now exploring this stuff.



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Postby atomicbombshell » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:31 pm

+1 for John McPhee
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:37 pm

like this book ruled so hard:
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then I looked the dude up who he talks about and he's still at it, making bark canoes.
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Postby number none » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:07 pm

The Voyage of the Beagle!
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Postby number none » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:09 pm

also Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard
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Postby number none » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:11 pm

oh and Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine's Last Chance to See
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Postby Seamus » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:11 pm

The Watch by Rick Bass is a good collection of nature-focused short stories. His other collections are good too, but a bit more uneven.
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Postby incoherent grunting » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:51 pm

yeah, desert solitaire is good!
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Postby Hambelt » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:31 pm

Just got this

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and some books about fish and stuff for my office bookshelf so people think I know what I'm talking about

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Postby gargamel » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:36 pm

john mcphee is one of my favorite writers, please check out basin and range
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Postby the upland trout » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:47 pm

Thanks for all of the recommendations. I'll definitely check out Desert Solitaire and a few McPhee books soon. One Man's Wilderness looks pretty rad as well. And The Snow Leopard.
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Postby bazooka » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:51 pm

there's a book of poetry and prose by kenneth rexroth that i like a lot, it's a selection of his writings about the sierra nevadas, called In The Sierra
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Postby the upland trout » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:12 pm

Ah yes, I would be interested in poetry as well. Has anyone any thoughts on Robinson Jeffers?
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Postby dvr » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:58 pm

I really didn't like Desert Solitaire, he was a huge hypocrite and crypto-soil killer in it. I liked The Monkey Wrench Gang way better. I've heard The Snow Leopard is great, it's high on my to-read list.

I liked these:

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Postby dvr » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:06 pm

if you want to read one mountaineering/climbing book i'd recc this:

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real quick read. dunno where you're taking an environmental ethics/phil of nature course but maybe outdoor recreation will come up.


edit: and this was really good too, lot's on the climate/weather.

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Postby goofjan grievens » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:07 pm

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plz if u get a chanse put some flowrs on algernons grave kthxbye
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Postby alaska » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:52 pm

i still love this short lil thing re: NATURE & what i've read of "pilgrim at tinker creek" (but what i've read of it i read a long time ago)

http://www.courses.vcu.edu/ENG200-lad/dillard.htm
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Postby mancubz » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:13 am

i just finished
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which i really enjoyed
and now i'm reading
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which i can already tell is one of those nf books where goddess save whoever is sitting near me because i'm probably gonna tell everyone, "holy crap check this shit"
i'm gonna force this kid in one of my classes to read 'hiroshima' while i read this so that he can be my book friend (he said he wants to know more about the bombs so i'm not just purely an asshole, i'm only partly an asshole)
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Postby Sobieski » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:51 am

hey fuck you heidegger

that's all I have to say and not even just for being a nazi and using words in an annoying way
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Postby nocents » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:35 am

the upland trout wrote:What are some other good books of nature writing? I'm designing an environmental ethics course and a philosophy of nature course, but most of what I know is more academic, so I'm just now exploring this stuff.


Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is probably the best writing, from a technical standpoint, about nature. It won the Pulitzer for a reason.

I greatly enjoyed this: Image.
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Postby dvr » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:15 pm

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it was good, quick read. it's one of those books that the author just could be blowing steam up our asses though and is totally inaccurate. who knows
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Postby HotFingersClub » Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:28 am

Another request for recommendations: please tell me your favourite books of microfiction. Doesn't matter if it's somehow themed, as long as it's in small chunks.

Previous favourites have included Daniil Kharms, Invisible Cities, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, Sum, The Summer Book etc.

And allow me to preemptively disappoint you by not enjoying Lydia Davis. Thanks!
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Postby mudd » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:33 am

microscripts.

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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:47 am

Re: microfiction

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Postby walt whitman » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:25 pm

Re: microfiction suggestions

Juan Philipe Herrera, "How to Live with a Feminista and (Still) Be a Macho: Notes Unabridged"

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