Nature Writing & The Lost Art Of Letters
If you’re reading Helen MacDonald’s new book Vesper Flights, you’ve probably already read her earlier book H Is For Hawk. Here are some similar threads you may want to follow:
- Goshawk, by T. H. White
- The Peregrine, J. A. Baker
- Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival, by Carl Safina
- The Warbler Road, by Merrill Gilfillan
- Ravens in Winter, by Bernd Heinrich
- Magpie Rising, by Merrill Gilfillan
- Make Prayers to the Raven, by Richard K Nelson
Letters, A Lost Art?
During this time of Covid when we can’t see our loved ones as often as we would like, I am reminded of past centuries when friends and family were often separated for long periods of time without the benefit of modern technology. Here is some rich reading that was left behind from those who sought to express themselves through letters. And not just anyone’s letters. Here’s Freud, Groucho, Tolkien, Kazan, Edward O., Stegner, Woolf, Ellison… There’s something here for everyone. Perhaps it will bring sustenance to us now. Plus, isn’t it just fun to read other people’s mail?!!