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Gardens by Robert Pogue Harrison
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Dec 08, 12

Read in March, 2009

Another fine meditation and critical study of man's relationship to nature, this time through the lens of "the garden". From the Garden of Eden, to Japanese zen gardens, to manicured formal gardens, to tiny spaces in homeless encampments, Robert Pogue Harrison explores mankind's need for gardens -- their importance as quiet spaces in which we can relate to nature on a human scale, as retreats for quieting and refilling the spirit, as sources of literary and romantic inspiration, as windows into biological process and truth.
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