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  1. Thread: Nature Writing

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    St Luke! Long time, no see (or read as the case...

    St Luke! Long time, no see (or read as the case may be). I miss all those pics you used to post back in the day. Art, as a visual medium, is something Iíve never quite tuned in to. I sense thereís...
  2. Thread: Nature Writing

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    Nature Writing

    Thereís some great writing about the natural world out there. Danik and I got to talking about it over on another thread, but I think nature writing deserves a thread of its own. So here it is. A...
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    Whatever happened to yes/no? I’ll check out the...

    Whatever happened to yes/no? I’ll check out the rough writers. They sound like my kind of people.

    The story about Christopher Knight is true. There was an update about him not long ago. He’s...
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    Iím still slowly reading Waterlog. Hereís a short sample of why Deakinís writing is so much fun to read slowly. Itís a wonderful and vivid description of a flying insect. He first compares the fly to...
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    I like finding gems like the Wolfgang BŁscher book when I’m not expecting it. Last year I read Michael Finkel’s A Stranger In The Woods. It’s about a 20 year old guy, Christopher Knight, who decides...
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    I like nature writing as well. But it seems to...

    I like nature writing as well. But it seems to work better when it’s encompassed in a broader work. Last year I read Hope Jarhen’s Lab Girl. It’s mostly a memoir about the writer finding her way in...
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    Well, since we’re talking about reading fast and...

    Well, since we’re talking about reading fast and slow, I’ll mention the book I’m reading now: Roger Deakin’s Waterlog. I’m reading it slowly. It was written in the 90s when the writer was in his 50s...
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    You know, Iíve always shied away from reading literature in translation because I get the sense Iím missing too much. Languages are so complex and nuanced that unless there are copious footnotes it...
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    I’ve gotta agree with you concerned sci-fi,...

    I’ve gotta agree with you concerned sci-fi, Danik. I’ve gained a new appreciation for the genre. I’d actually gone to the bookstore interested in one one his more recent novels: The Ministry for the...
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    Well I’m coasting in for splashdown on the Mars...

    Well I’m coasting in for splashdown on the Mars Trilogy, and it’s been a most enjoyable trip. I’m sorry to see this ride end. It’s been almost 2000 pages of densely written prose, but it’s been a...
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    Iíve got a little Herman the German in me as well. My grandfather was German. Or rather his parents were. Theyíd come to America in the late 1800s. He was borne here. Most of the rest of my people...
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    Hey! That reminds me of a joke. Stop me if you’ve...

    Hey! That reminds me of a joke. Stop me if you’ve heard it before:

    The Germans have come up with an extremely strong and extremely thin type of wire, stronger and thinner than anyone thought...
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    I do remember Dolly. In fact I think she was...

    I do remember Dolly. In fact I think she was borne after these books were published. More frightening now we have a couple of gene-edited twins running around - CRISPR babies. Seems like over and...
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    Hey, Danik, I as well read the story about using...

    Hey, Danik, I as well read the story about using pigs to grow human organs. And into my head pops Ann Clayborne from the novel - “what gives us the right?” Then I listened to a story on the radio...
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    Ha! I could use a longevity treatment myself. ...

    Ha! I could use a longevity treatment myself.

    I think the numbers concerning the 1st 4 planets in the solar system are accurate. I get the sense the sci-fi genre needs to anchor itself to solid...
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    Good story. I didn’t know about Dostoyevsky being...

    Good story. I didn’t know about Dostoyevsky being sued and found guilty after he’d died, but it somehow doesn’t surprise me considering everything else that man suffered in life. I think I’ll read a...
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    Here’s a neat trick the writer does concerning ...

    Here’s a neat trick the writer does concerning the climate-change issue here on Earth, and it gets us back into the “sci” part of the sci-fi genre. He backhandedly compares a too-warm planet (Earth)...
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    Oh Phyllis most definitely is out for revenge,...

    Oh Phyllis most definitely is out for revenge, but itís up in the air as to whether or not she gets it. Phyllis, you see, is one of the original 100 and she has aligned herself with the Transnats,...
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    If I had to pick the Alice Munro story with the...

    If I had to pick the Alice Munro story with the most hang time in my noggin, itíd be Childís Play in the Too Much Happiness collection. I can still vividly picture the special-ed girl with the...
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    I haven’t read MaddAddam. In fact I haven’t read...

    I haven’t read MaddAddam. In fact I haven’t read anything by Margaret Atwood, but she’s on the list. I have read several story collections by her fellow Canadian, Alice Munro, and they are awesome.
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    The childrenís crusade was sure a weird moment in history, proving again that truth is stranger than fiction. And although the sci-fi genre can certainly be strange it still hangs its hat on the...
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    It is sort of small bunch now, eh Danik? Way back...

    It is sort of small bunch now, eh Danik? Way back in the day it was a quiet little corner of the web and then it got big and raucous and now it’s little again. So it goes on the lit-net.

    As you...
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    Agreed, Danik. And I believe one of the best ways...

    Agreed, Danik. And I believe one of the best ways to make sense of literature is to talk about it with someone.

    That said I suppose I don’t bring much to the table with a science fiction book. I...
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    The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

    So I seem to be on a trilogy kick. Has anybody here read Red Mars, Green Mars, or Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson? Or for that matter has anyone here read any of Robinsonís books? Iíve read a...
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    I gotta agree, Danik, violence towards animals is...

    I gotta agree, Danik, violence towards animals is difficult to read, particularly when it’s well written as in a McCarthy novel. There are scenes in these books that will stick with me until the day...
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