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To Everything on Earth: New Writing on Fate, Community, and Nature written by Kurt Caswell


To Everything on Earth: New Writing on Fate, Community, and Nature written by Kurt Caswell


In October 2004, Barry Lopez invited a group of writers to meet with him, Bill McKibben, Alan Weisman, and Dennis Covington at the Junction campus of Texas Tech University. Out of this meeting grew a community that has since collaborated on initiatives and projects tied to fate, community, and nature. To Everything on Earth is a journey through many landscapes. It begins with stories that look at the external landscape, the world around us, asking hard questions about the capacity to destroy what we love best. The stories then turn inward, into the human heart, searching for an answer there. The journey ends by addressing perhaps the central question of our time: how best do we make a home on earth? "If To Everything on Earth sounds like a toast, it is exactly that. And if most of these fresh voices express tales of angst, fear, breakage, and doubt about their places in diminished societies and on damaged ground, every one distills beauty too, and in the end, a measure of redemption.” —Robert Michael Pyle, author of Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, and Sky Time in Gray's River Contributors Shelley Armitage Kurt Caswell Susan Cerulean Lisa Couturier Matt Daly Peter Friederici Susan Hanson Marybeth Holleman Joy Kennedy-O’Neill David Lukas Jordan Fisher Smith Susan Leigh Tomlinson Diane Hueter Warner


"Collected essays on the nexus of fate, community, and nature by a group of writers and scholars that have collaborated on several initiatives and projects tied to the same. By looking at external landscape and the human heart, the writings explore how to best make a home on earth"--Provided by publisher.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review.

In this superior essay collection, each of 13 nature writers (linked by Bill McKibben, who provides a foreword) deliver an exquisite, powerful piece on life and how it's lived. Besides nature, these writers are united in the strength and economy of their prose: "One day a strong goose came into my life," Lisa Courturier begins, in a story of her wildlife rehabilitation center; Susan Cerulean calls a swallow-tailed kite, "living origami." McKibben, citing Barry Lopez, asserts that "the real topic of nature writing is human community"; in her contribution, Diane Hueter Warner compares ferocity in nature and in humanity, "a tornado in the black of night" against a vicious home invader. Mortality is another recurring theme; Jordan Fisher Smith's entry features a dying man: "each lungful of oxygen, each moment, and then each next moment-these are all life is made of when nothing else can be counted on. And for this reason there is a strange peace at the center of catastrophe." Featuring an array of polished voices and exquisite imagery, this collection is not to be missed by fan of nature writing or literary nonfiction.
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