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Reflections On The New River

Author: Chris Arvidson
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786495901
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From its headwaters in western North Carolina near the Tennessee line, the New River runs north 337 miles, cutting through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia on its way to the Ohio. No big cities inhabit its banks--just a few small towns along the way--and it carries no significant commercial traffic. The age of the New is debated, but it is certainly one of the world's oldest rivers, predating the Atlantic Ocean. This anthology assembles history, poetry, essays and stories by writers who have been inspired by the ancient and secluded stream, and from those whose lives are connected to its flow. Contributors hail from Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga and Wilkes counties in North Carolina, as well as Virginia and West Virginia.

The Love Of Baseball

Author: Christopher Arvidson
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 147666983X
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For baseball fans, or those who have been trying to figure out a baseball fan, this book is an extension of the conversations fans have all had. Often we are trying to answer that perennial question, ""Why do you love baseball?"" Or, we are comparing notes with fellows on our history and hopes for our game. We fans all have stories about how we've come to love baseball, and why we continue to love it so. In these pages we're sharing tales of developing an abiding relationship with baseball. Writers tell of youthful lessons, Spring Training adventures, the ways family and friends' relationships have settled around the culture of the game, the lifelong passions for baseball and the many ways they develop and change over a lifetime. The essays are organized like a baseball season -- beginning with stories about the hope and eternal optimism of Spring Training, followed with the guts and the grind of the baseball season proper, and then winding up with writings about the anticipation, heartbreak, and glory of post-season play. The thirty contributors are from many walks of life, from throughout the U.S., and are fans of baseball everywhere.

Robert Lowell Setting The River On Fire

Author: Kay R. Jamison
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307700275
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"In his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry, Robert Lowell (1917-1977) put his manic-depressive illness into the public domain. Now Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison brings her expertise to bear on his story, illuminating the relationship between bipolar illness and creativity, and examining how Lowell's illness and the treatment he received came to bear on his work"--

My Story As Told By Water

Author: David James Duncan
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9781578050833
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In a series of contemplative and lyrical essays, the environmental activist offers a loving tribute to the landscape, plants, and animals of his native Montana. 15,000 first printing.

Dazzle Gradually

Author: Lynn Margulis
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603581367
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At the crossroads of philosophy and science, the sometimes-dry topics of evolution and ecology come alive in this new collection of essays--many never before anthologized. Learn how technology may be a sort of second nature, how the systemic human fungus Candida albicans can lead to cravings for carrot cake and beer, how the presence of life may be why there's water on Earth, and many other fascinating facts. The essay "Metametazoa" presents perspectives on biology in a philosophical context, demonstrating how the intellectual librarian, pornographer, and political agitator Georges Bataille was influenced by Russian mineralogist Vladimir Vernadsky and how this led to his notion of the absence of meaning in the face of the sun--which later influenced Jacques Derrida, thereby establishing a causal chain of influence from the hard sciences to topics as abstract as deconstruction and post-modernism. In "Spirochetes Awake" the bizarre connection between syphilis and genius in the life of Friedrich Nietzsche is traced. The astonishing similarities of the Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome symptoms with those of chronic spirochete infection, it is argued, contrast sharply with the lack of evidence that "HIV is the cause of AIDS". Throughout these readings we are dazzled by the intimacy and necessity of relationships between us and our other planetmates. In our ignorance as "civilized" people we dismiss, disdain, and deny our kinship with the only productive life forms that sustain this living planet.