A Voice in the Wilderness: Conversations with Terry Tempest by Michael Austin

By Michael Austin

Along with her designated, impassioned voice and commonplace felicity of language, Terry Tempest Williams talks approximately desolate tract and natural world, position and eroticism, artwork and literature, democracy and politics, kin and historical past, Mormonism and faith, writing and creativity, and different topics that have interaction her agile mind—in a suite of interviews accrued and brought by means of Michael Austin to symbolize the span of her occupation as a naturalist, writer, and activist.

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Every one of my books has come to me as a question. ” That book, of course, focused on traditional Navajo stories and beliefs. In a very real way, the Navajo people inspired me to return home, to look within my own culture, my own stories. Coyote’s Canyon was an experiment in weaving such stories together. ” 19 A Voice in the Wilderness The next question I would like to ask will have to do with an “erotics of place,” as it relates to our love, or lack of love, towards the natural world. In other words, how does our intimacy with each other, or lack of intimacy, affect our intimacy with the land?

I also think that the bear encompasses the mysteries—that the fear of women and the fear of bears may be in our refusal to be tamed, the instincts we arouse. So I think the bear encompasses so much of our own mythology, not mention its own natural history, which largely remains a mystery to us. And I think about the places that the bear has inhabited in North America, and of the places now that are quiet because it is no longer there. I was just thinking of John McPhee writing about observing a bear in Alaska finding something to sit on and actually sliding down a slope.

Conserving our energy. Perhaps living more lightly on this land that is not so forgiving. There is a history of human habitation in the Great Basin that spans ten thousand years. Perhaps we need to study our past to see what was known then that we may have forgotten. The subtleties. Again, really listening. And time. It will take an enormous amount of time to really find out what habitation means in this country. We’re just beginning to get a taste of it. And patience. We don’t need to have all the answers right now.

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