7 books on this list
"This writing has to do with some things I saw, felt, and was part of": with quiet modesty, David Jones begins a work that is among the most powerful imaginative efforts to grapple with the carnage of the First World War, a book celebrated by W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot as one of the masterpieces of modern literature. Fusing poetry and prose, gutter ...
@rs_sparks @nyrbclassics Utterly body-shiveringly astonishing book. The bestowing of the garlands upon the dead by the Queen of the Woods in Part 7 leaves me speechless, shaken by its tenderness, again, still & always. – source
Robert MacfarlaneJul 13, 2020
Here, published for the first time in the United States, is the last book by Roger Deakin, famed British nature writer and icon of the environmentalist movement. In Deakin's glorious meditation on wood, the "fifth element" -- as it exists in nature, in our culture, and in our souls -- the reader accompanies Deakin through the woods of Britain, Euro...
@OliverPyle @emergence_zine Wildwood is such a special book. The brilliant illustrations in this new @emergence_zine version of the apple-chapter are by Naï Zakharia. She's caught the atmosphere so well, I think. – source
Robert MacfarlaneFeb 13, 2020
Off the easternmost corner of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans, where settlers live in fear of drowning tides and man-eating tigers. Piya Roy, a young American marine biologist of Indian descent, arrives in this lush, treacherous landscape in search of a rare species of river dolphin an...
@srijanapiya17 @GhoshAmitav It’s a brilliant book. One I have both read and taught here in Cambridge. – source
Robert MacfarlaneFeb 02, 2020
Can forests think? Do dogs dream? In this astonishing book, Eduardo Kohn challenges the very foundations of anthropology, calling into question our central assumptions about what it means to be humanand thus distinct from all other life forms. Based on four years of fieldwork among the Runa of Ecuadors Upper Amazon, Eduardo Kohn draws on his rich e...
@polarbearish Kohn's book is challenging, fascinating. Worth seeking out and spending time with. – source
Robert MacfarlaneJan 26, 2020
the road north is a word-map of Scotland, composed by Alec Finlay & Ken Cockburn as they travel through their homeland, guided by the Japanese poet Basho, whose Osu-no-Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North) is one of the masterpieces of travel literature. Ken and Alec left Edo (Edinburgh) on May 16, 2010 - the very same date that Basho and his c...
@kencockburn @IanBuckley4 @HansBalmes The Road North is a remarkable book -- one I return to, and teach with, often. Thank you for it, Ken. – source
Robert MacfarlaneOct 29, 2019
A panoramic investigation of the subterranean landscape, from sacred caves and derelict subway stations to nuclear bunkers and ancient underground citiesan exploration of the history, science, architecture, and mythology of the worlds beneath our feetWhen Will Hunt was sixteen years old, he discovered an abandoned tunnel that ran beneath his house ...
@DavesBikeShed @willhunt__ Yes! Will’s book is fantastic. We tunnelled convergingly, unbeknownst to one another... – source
Robert MacfarlaneOct 13, 2019
Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. In this landmark book, Eisenstein explains how a disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, m...
@garyhusband Yes - I own my grandfather's edition. I used it as a source document while writing Mountains of the Mind. A fascinating book, unexpectedly disclosing. – source
Robert MacfarlaneSep 09, 2019