der Schinken des Glücks (toebiter) wrote in lost_woods,
der Schinken des Glücks

Hello there! I wandered in through my interests list, and thought a community about nature writing sounded really neat. Would you consider discussing writing nature writing as well as reading it? (I'm interested in both.)

So ... um ... suppose I better introduce myself a bit. I'm a student at a tiny private college in Idaho, I'm majoring in environmental studies and creative writing, and I very much like Edward Abbey's idea that to really know a place one must get out of the car and wander until various extremities (knees, feet, hands, what-have-you) are bleeding.

I'm currently taking a nature writing/environmental lit. class, which (after one week) looks like it will be quite interesting and fuel for much thought.

I'd offer up a topic for discussion, but my brain's gone rather blank.

Oh ... right, favorite nature writers. Hmmm ... John Muir, definitely. I wish I could be like John Muir and head off into the rain with a bit of tea and some crusty bread. Instead, I sit inside my cabin with my sleeping bag wrapped around my legs and read John Muir while the rain pours down (interesting summer job). I also enjoy Ed Abbey's essays and Desert Solitaire. I didn't like The Monkey Wrench Gang very well though. (I blame this on being traumatized by Earth First!ers at a young age.) I'm currently enjoying Emily Dickinson, who writes lovely poetry, whether it's nature related or not. Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac was also a good read, as was a very obscure book about the area I'm from (central Idaho) The Lochsa Story by Bud Moore, though in the end, I'm not sure I agreed with his approach to land use.

Favorites, anyone else?
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