Sick of Nature

Sick of Nature

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by David Gessner
     
 

ISBN-10: 1584654643

ISBN-13: 9781584654643

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: Dartmouth College Press

David Gessner’s Return of the Osprey is "among the classics of American nature writing," said the Boston Globe. So why does this critically acclaimed nature writer now declare himself to be "sick of nature"?

In diverse, diverting, and frequently hilarious essays, Gessner wrestles with father figures both biological and literary, reflects on the pleasures

Overview

David Gessner’s Return of the Osprey is "among the classics of American nature writing," said the Boston Globe. So why does this critically acclaimed nature writer now declare himself to be "sick of nature"?

In diverse, diverting, and frequently hilarious essays, Gessner wrestles with father figures both biological and literary, reflects on the pleasures and absurdities of the writing life, explores the significance of place for both his work and his sense of well-being, and rails at the confines of the nature genre even as he continues to find fresh inspiration for his writing in the natural world. In the end, he learns to embrace—or at least tolerate—the label he once rejected.

Whether kicking at the limits of his category or explaining why he was fired from his job as a bookstore clerk; whether recalling his youthful obsession with Ultimate Frisbee or recounting an adventure in the jungles of Belize; whether lampooning his own writerly envy of Sebastian Junger or raging at the over-development of Cape Cod or searching for solace in nature in the wake of September 11, Gessner ranges from the personal to the natural in lyrical reflections on writing, self, and society.

In a powerful concluding essay, Gessner moves from the arrival of coyotes in the suburbs of Boston to the birth of his first child in an extended meditation on his characteristic themes of wildness, place, and creativity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584654643
Publisher:
Dartmouth College Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
984,689
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

I. SICK
Sick of Nature
"Bigger Than Shakespeare," Or How I Weathered the Perfect Storm
Benediction: On Being Boswell's Boswell
A Letter to a Neighbor
Ultimate Glory: A Frisbee Memoir
Marking My Territory
Polygamist of Place
II. GETTING PERSONAL
The Apprentice
To the Fatherland
On Creating Nonfiction
Being Theo
III. BACK TO NATURE
Dungo in the Jungle
Soliloquy in Spartina
The Punctured Pastoral
IV. HOWLING WITH THE TRICKSTER: A WILD MEMOIR
Trickster in the City
Walled-In
Howl

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