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May 2002. My first trip to Ireland. Alone, I join a small group of strangers to hike the Beara peninsula, West Cork. I fall deeply in love with a land of impossible greens, of peaches-and-cream sunrises and salmon-flesh sunsets, of lashing rain and wind, always wind. ... more
This book is about a small place—just over twenty thousand square miles in total, less than four hundred miles tip to tip—yet it is still hard to get everywhere here. My atlas of Nova Scotia is twenty-five years old, but since not much has changed in the past quarter century I see no reason to replace it. Lots of the nine thousand names on the maps aren’t really places at all in any traditional sense: they’re hillocks, brooks, gullies or ponds that people use to orient themselves to the landscape.... more
Shifting between politics, wolf pack drama, and Yellowstone magnificent and severe, American Wolf, A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee reads like a multi-generational novel. Blakeslee, writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, probes and chronicles years of trouble and strife among Yellowstone’s Lamar Creek Pack, as well as park politics – inevitably pressing the question of whether lupus lupus or homo sapiens plays the villain more.... more