Flight Maps: Adventures With Nature In Modern America

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Basic Books, Apr 6, 2000 - Nature - 416 pages
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In five sharply drawn chapters, Flight Maps charts the ways in which Americans have historically made connections—and missed connections—with nature. Beginning with an extraordinary chapter on the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and the accompanying belligerent early view of nature’s inexhaustibility, Price then moves on to discuss the Audubon Society’s founding campaign in the 1890s against the extravagant use of stuffed birds to decorate women’s hats. At the heart of the book is an improbable and extremely witty history of the plastic pink flamingo, perhaps the totem of Artifice and Kitsch—nevertheless a potent symbol through which to plumb our troublesome yet powerful visions of nature. From here the story of the affluent Baby-Boomers begins. Through an examination of the phenomenal success of The Nature Company, TV series such as Northern Exposure and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and the sport-utility vehicle craze, the author ruminates on our very American, very urbanized and suburbanized needs, discontents, and desires for meaningful, yet artificially constructed connections to nature. Witty, at times even whimsical, Flight Maps is also a sophisticated and meditative archaeology of Americans’ very real and uneasy desire to make nature meaningful in their lives.
 

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User Review  - WildMaggie - LibraryThing

The first two essays are great. The rest of the book is must less interesting. Price gets into way too much baby boomer navel gazing. Read full review

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User Review  - Aaron Goodier - Goodreads

First few essays are good, later ones aren't as much. Read full review

Contents

The Passenger Pigeon Extinction
1
Men Were Men And Birds Were Hats
57
Of The Plastic Pink Flamingo
111
A Field Guide To The Nature Company
167
The Greening Of Television In The 1990s
207
NOTES
257
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
301
INDEX
305
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Jennifer Price attended Princeton University and received her Ph.D. in History from Yale. Her essays have appeared in the collections Uncommon Ground and The Nature of Nature. She lives in Los Angeles.

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