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"Former magazine editor Tsui asked 20 writers aged
30 and under to reflect on ways in which they have connected with
nature, and in this collection presents their original, often humorous
answers. In the essay that inspired the book's title, Tim Neville tells
how he spent his senior year in high school living in a tent in his
parents' suburban yard, imagining he was having a Thoreau-like
experience. Some of the writers tried to emulate explorers of the past.
Sam Moulton and three friends, for example, made a three-month-long
canoe trip to the Arctic Circle with little know-how and ridiculously
inappropriate supplies. Thoughts of Ernest Shackleton inspired Traci
Joan Macnamara to take a disillusioning job at McMurdo Station in
Antarctica. Others fulfilled their need for nature in unlikely
places-Adam Baer on an outdoor tennis court, Christine DeLucia in
Massachusetts's Mount Auburn Cemetery, Liesl Schwabe in a Brooklyn,
N.Y., greenmarket. No matter what the approach, all the essays are
imaginative and unusual, harbingers of what we may expect from nature
writing as the last truly wild places disappear, and people have to
take nature wherever they can find it.(Apr.)"
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