Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Terry Tempest Williams

Gonna set out the solar shower today--clean off eight days worth of gook, grime, (honest) sweat, filth, dirt, straw---and wander down to Chico to hear Terry Tempest Williams give a reading tonight.

In anticipation, I read the only book we have by her in the Cabin: "Desert Quartet". Joni called this "eco-erotica" and it is. Simple, tasteful line drawings of nudes by Mary Frank. Text by TTW which celebrates the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water). All written from the perspective of the canyon country of Utah.

I spent a couple of years in the canyon country. Marvelous! As far as I'm concerned...all of Southern Utah should be a National Park. Much of it is. Better yet, no child should be allowed to graduate from High School without hiking for a week in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks while reading Ed Abbey's classic "Desert Solitaire".

Terry Tempest Williams follows in Abbey's tradition (she even wrote the forward to "Postcards from Ed"): A Canyonlands, Enviro writer who celebrates the Earth. I look forward to hearing her words tonight...and maybe share a word or two with her.

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