By Michael Austin
Along with her specified, impassioned voice and wide-spread felicity of language, Terry Tempest Williams talks approximately desolate tract and natural world, position and eroticism, paintings and literature, democracy and politics, relatives and historical past, Mormonism and faith, writing and creativity, and different matters that have interaction her agile mind—in a suite of interviews accumulated and brought via Michael Austin to symbolize the span of her occupation as a naturalist, writer, and activist.
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Just for fun, I made a spontaneous list of the lessons I have learned from the Great Basin. The Great Basin is about exposure. It’s about austerity. It’s about how nothing is as it appears and it’s about aridity and the conservation of water. Again, in the Basin one ﬁnds deep relations with all their subtleties. ” John McPhee has created a beautiful canvas of these ideas in his book Basin and Range. How can we take these qualities of the land and bring them to the table in terms of our politics and negotiations of how we as a people want to live in this desert landscape?
And that’s my deﬁnition of love. Bees have blessed me by bringing their relatives into my family. Through them I have become related to willows, dandelions, and wild roses in a very real way. Isn’t that a way to extend our notion of community to include all plants, animals, rocks, soils, rivers, and human beings?
The erotic deﬁes convention. Anything becomes possible. What’s the connection between eros and the land? Brooke and I were recently in Spain. As is the case with all travel, one is refreshed by having no responsibilities or obligations. It is a new landscape. We are not residents, we are simply visitors. We were gone almost a month.. Everything was sensual. Everything was erotic. It’s the gift of travel, where everything is infused with 37 A Voice in the Wilderness dj: ttw: dj: ttw: meaning, compressed, so you begin to see the golden strand that weaves life together.
A Voice in the Wilderness: Conversations with Terry Tempest Williams by Michael Austin