Favorite walking-in-nature authors—Henry David Thoreau, Mary Oliver, and Bill Bryson—often accompany me in my thoughts during my daily walks. Just as I carry a childhood memory into the woods with me, Bill Bryson captured how the woods can make him feel like a child in A Walk in the Woods:
“Woods are not like other spaces. To begin with, they are cubic. Their trees surround you, loom over you, press in from all sides. Woods choke off views & leave you muddled & without bearings. They make you feel small & confused & vulnerable, like a small child lost in a crowd of strange legs. Stand in a desert or prairie & you know you are in a big space. Stand in the woods and you only sense it. They are vast, featureless nowhere. And they are alive.”
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I sent Steve in Cincinnati Another Now by Yanis Yarounfakis, and was delighted that he sent along this photo and a note:
Just wanted to say thank you for sending along Another Now. Admittedly, this is something I never would have thought to pick up for myself. But I’m finding so far that it’s an intriguing and rewarding read, and a perfect follow-up to the last book I received from JTRB: Leave Society. The books you’ve sent me so far seem to be almost in conversation with each other, and I’m having fun reading and expanding my taste as a result of your selections.
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