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The Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life, and Literature

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These essays include meditations and arguments on becoming a writer; on old-growth forest and the practice of clear-cutting; on the fluid dynamics and biotic diversity and mythic resonance of rivers; on the writers Ken Kesey and Wallace Stegner; on the literary genre of “creative nonfiction”; on death and dying and the consolations of mortality; on the al-Qaeda attacks of ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Counterpoint (first published March 1st 2009)
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I like this book. I grew up in Baker City Oregon in a logging family where my brother at age 9 and me age 11 would spend the summer at the logging camp fishing, hiking and floating Desolation Creek outside of Dale Oregon near Ukiah when dad went to work. Many of the settings and situations similar to what I lived in the Elkhorn Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness are described in the Suite of Rivers. It was an ideal way to grow up in the outdoors with chainsaws, guns, fishing poles and heavy labo ...more
Andy Miller
This is a nice collection of essays about living in the nature of the Pacific Northwest. They have a wide chronological span from when the author was in his twenties to the present--about 30 years later. My favorites were his discussions of Ken Kesey and Wallace Stegner.

There were many "nature" essays and I would recommend reading them over a period of time(as they were written!) as opposed to reading all at once-anyway, a nice read!
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Born in South Carolina and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., John Daniel has lived in the West since 1966. After attending and dropping out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, he worked as a logger, railroad inspector, rock climbing instructor, hod carrier, and poet-in-the-schools. He began to write poetry and prose in the 1970s while living on a ranch in south-central Oregon. In 1982 he ...more
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