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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Just been writing an article for the new e-magazine which is going to be launched in January 2007 called "The Global Geographer", and I've found myself referring back frequently to the work of an American author called Barry Lopez. I've been following his work for well over 20 years !
He is most famous for a book called "Arctic Dreams". In a book called "Crossing Open Ground", in a piece called "Landscape and Narrative" he talks about the idea of MY PLACE, and ends "the shape of the individual mind is affected by land as it is by genes"

His most recent project is one called HOME GROUND.
I've also found an article which I clipped out when it was published by another great author I mention: Robert MacFarlane, who produced a piece for the Guardian on Barry Lopez.

It ends with this paragraph:
Global warming is now depleting Arctic summer sea ice at a rate of 10% per annum. A plausible consequence of this depletion is that polar bears, about which Lopez writes with such rapt wonder, will be extinct 20 years from now. Arctic Dreams , composed as a celebration of the polar landscape, might well turn into its elegy. Seen in such a light, Lopez's gracious spiritualism, his drive to reconnect the cultural and the natural, comes to look less like piety and more like an alarm call.

The article has links to other pieces in a series called COMMON GROUND, and also mentions another author in my article: Jonathan Raban. Check these pieces of writing out ! Great geography in here on 4x4, rock and landscape (another great author called Tim Robinson) and some great tips on writing about landscape which I suppose could also apply to writers of blogs...

Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon.
Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted,
And human love will be seen at its height.
Live in fragments no longer.
Only connect...

E.M. Forster, Howards End

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