Re-inhabiting Darkness: A Conversation on Art + Environment
with Paul Bogard and Christopher Cokinos

As the third in a series of cross-posts with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment's Proximities, features a conversation between environmental writers and contributors Paul Bogard and Christopher Cokinos. Paul: I remember I was up in Quebec at the Mont Megantic National Park, and one of the folks there said to me that closing off our view of the universe isn’t the worst thing we’re doing environmentally, but it is symbolic of the worst things we’re doing...

Hong Kong through the Looking Glass:
Air: You Are What You Breath
by Dante Archangeli

By Dante Archangeli Recent photos from the mainland China city of Harbin show visibility reduced to 10 meters because of air pollution. The airport and schools had to be closed.  The images make Mordor look good and Hong Kong air seem almost pristine by comparison. The vice director of China's Environmental Protection Agency stated "The heavy pollution of Harbin is due to weather conditions".

Hong Kong through the Looking Glass:
Shopping: Are the Dishes Washed?
by Dante Archangeli

By Dante Archangeli The cashier asked, “Do you need a bag?” Standing in International’s much longer than normal checkout line a fellow shopper and I were chatting. Our paths had crossed a few minutes before when he’d excused himself saying he’d left his glasses at home and couldn’t read a label. Were the oranges from China? He wasn’t supposed to buy produce from China. Normally he didn’t do the shopping. But wanting to stock up on provisions with Typhoon Usagi on the way he’d been pressed into service.

Review: River Republic:
The Fall and Rise of America’s Rivers

River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America’s Rivers, by Daniel McCool : Reviewed by Hal Crimmel As readers learn about the work of these instigators, they too may be inspired to take action on behalf of rivers, but also, perhaps, more broadly, for the environment in general. McCool illustrates that citizen action leavened with a balanced approach to working with multiple stakeholder groups can result in a successful new water ethic: one that benefits people, the economy, and the environment. This ethic is exemplified in the idea of a “River Republic,” characterized by sustainable public use of waterways, from fast-flowing high country streams to the languid meanders of bayou country.

Review: Rivers of the Horizontal Landscape

What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte, by Lisa Knopp : Reviewed by Hal Crimmel Lisa Knopp’s most recent collection of essays, What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte, explores the rivers of the Midwest, the region she’s always called home. Knopp, the author of four other essay collections, combines nature writing, memoir, and place-based writing to explore the three rivers that have defined her life. For readers interested in a region that tends to be overlooked by contemporary travelers and writers alike, What the River Carries meaningfully contributes to a canon of Midwestern creative nonfiction that includes the work of writers such as William Least Heat Moon (his classic: PrairyErth), the work of the late Paul Gruchow (Journal of a Prairie Year; Grass Roots: The Universe of Home), John Price, (Man Killed by Pheasant: And Other Kinships; Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands), and others.