One Square Inch of Silence: One Man’s Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World

Why do all male nature writers ultimately turn out to be sexist jerks? The list is long— Edward Abbey and Colin Fletcher come immediately to mind although I’m sure there are others, including this latest, Gordon Hempton. At first I was mildly charmed by this kook/crank who obsesses over keeping one square inch of the … Continue reading “One Square Inch of Silence: One Man’s Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World”

The Thousand-Mile Summer: In Desert and High Sierra

One final Colin Fletcher book, I couldn’t help myself. The walking Brit who tackled some of America’s greatest hits in the 1960s, including this walk the entire length of California, from the Mexican border to the Oregon state line. Along the way he meets several characters: desert rats, wizened dried up old men, generous ladies … Continue reading “The Thousand-Mile Summer: In Desert and High Sierra”