Before The Echo

Overview

"The natural world is a lot like a game of musical chairs," observes Pete Dunne. "Everywhere you turn, everywhere you go, there are places where living things sit down, niches that support their specific needs. But just as in musical chairs, there aren't enough places to go around. Our species keeps removing them—forcing other creatures to leave the game."

In these twenty-nine essays, one of America's top nature writers trains his sights on the beauties and the vulnerabilities of the natural world. Writing to ...

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Overview

"The natural world is a lot like a game of musical chairs," observes Pete Dunne. "Everywhere you turn, everywhere you go, there are places where living things sit down, niches that support their specific needs. But just as in musical chairs, there aren't enough places to go around. Our species keeps removing them—forcing other creatures to leave the game."

In these twenty-nine essays, one of America's top nature writers trains his sights on the beauties and the vulnerabilities of the natural world. Writing to infuse others with a sense of the richness and diversity that nature holds, Pete Dunne ranges over topics from the wonder of the year's first snowfall to the lost art of stargazing to the mysterious forces that impel people to hunt—and not to hunt. Running like a thread through all the essays is Dunne's desire to preserve all that is "natural" in nature, to stop our unthinking destruction of wild places and wild creatures before we humans find ourselves with "the last chair, in an empty room" on an impoverished earth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292735644
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface: Musical Chairs
Barely, New Jersey 1
Common Ground 5
Nothing but the Wind 11
Babes in the Woods 15
Before the Echo 18
Cast of Stars 24
Chasing Shadows 29
Hope 33
Dear Floyd 38
Ice Out 42
Onion Snow 47
For the Span of a Firefly's Light 53
The Perfect Table 58
Why Lawns? 63
The Ultimate Joystick 67
TV Nature; Throwing Stones 71
Zen and the Art of Throwing Metal 75
Revenge of the Jabberwock 80
Dialogue with Ms. D'Vil 85
Cruelty and Turtles 91
For a Tide 95
Falling in Ernest 99
Spent Shot Shell 104
This Thing of Mine and Yours 111
Epistle to Be Left in the Leaves 117
Mus Ado about Something 121
Season's First Snow 127
Ode to Ma'am Dog 131
The Fox Who Ran Forever 136
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