The Way of Imagination

The Way of Imagination

by Scott Russell Sanders


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Prize-winning essayist turns to the imagination as a spiritual guide and material method of living through climate disruption, as climate change and broad extinction forever alter our place on the planet and our lives together.

Scott Russell Sanders shows how imagination, linked to compassion, can help us solve the urgent ecological and social challenges we face. While reflecting on the conditions needed for human flourishing, he tells the story of his own intellectual and moral journey from childhood religion to an adult philosophy of life. That philosophy is tested when his first wife and then their son fall ill. Compelled to leave their beloved old house, they design a new one, and then transform their vision into a home and their raw city lot into a garden.

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ISBN-13: 9781640093652
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 08/11/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 130,559
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

SCOTT RUSSELL SANDERS has won more than a dozen major honors, including the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award twice, the Lannan Literary Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His more than twenty books include novels, stories, and essays. He is a distinguished professor emeritus of English at Indiana University and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife make their home in the hardwood hill country of southern Indiana.

Table of Contents

Living Midnight 3

The Way of Imagination 15

Immersed in Mystery 35

Near and Distant Bears 41

Useless Beauty 60

The Infinite Extent of Our Relations 72

Language vs. Lies 87

Conscience and Resistance 93

Kinship and Kindness 110

The Suffering of Strangers 130

Neighbors 139

At the Gates of Deep Darkness 151

Writing While the World Burns 170

A Writer's Calling 190

True Wealth 207

God in the Garden 219

Words of Thanks 241

Notes 245

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