Always the Mountains

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University of Georgia Press, Apr 1, 2007 - Nature - 281 pages
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David Rothenberg is one of our most eloquent observers of the interplay between nature, culture, and technology. These nineteen pieces exemplify what has been called Rothenberg's "amiable" mix of interests, styles, and approaches.

In settings that range from wildest Norway to his own front porch in upstate New York, Rothenberg discusses the Hudson River School of painters, the hazy provenance of Chief Seattle's famous speech, ecoterrorism, suburbia, the World Wide Web, and much more. He asks if we can save a place less obtrusively than by turning it into a park. He muses on the plight of a pacifist beset by a swarm of mosquitoes. He ascends Mt. Ventoux with Petrarch and Mt. Katahdin with Thoreau.

In Always the Mountains, Rothenberg dares us to "enjoy the fundamental uncertainty that grounds human existence," to wean ourselves from the habit of simple answers and embrace the world's vastness.

 

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Contents

Ways toward Mountains
1
The Return of the Sublime
15
Dare I Kill the Snake? From Ahimsa to Deep Ecology
35
Contact Contact Up Katahdin with Thoreau
40
Will the Real Chief Seattle Please Speak Up?
53
Melt the Snowflake at Once Henry Bugbees History of Wonder
62
Who Is the Lone Ranger? Edward Abbey as Philosopher
75
The Poetic Side of Arne Naess
90
A Pleafor Quiet Preservation
156
Why Wild Philosophy?
165
15 Knowledge versus Information
175
Thats a Damn Talented Elephant
195
17 The Firefest
204
The Innocent Climb
225
19TheZone
235
From the Summits to the Sea
258

Get Out of Whatever Cage
109
The Fragility of Cultural Identity
121
Beyond the Selfish Landscape
131
The Nine Points ofEcoCultural Restoration
144
Notes
263
Acknowledgments
273
Index
275
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David Rothenberg is a philosopher, musician, and writer. He is the author of Why Birds Sing, which will be published in five languages and has been turned into a BBC television series. His other books include Sudden Music (Georgia), Hand's End, and Blue Cliff Record. His essays have appeared in such publications as Parabola, the Nation, Wired, Dwell, Sierra, and Orion. Rothenberg's five CDs, on which he plays clarinet, include Before the War and Bangalore Wild. Rothenberg is a professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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