By Michael Austin
Along with her designated, impassioned voice and typical felicity of language, Terry Tempest Williams talks approximately desolate tract and flora and fauna, position and eroticism, paintings and literature, democracy and politics, kin and historical past, Mormonism and faith, writing and creativity, and different matters that interact her agile mind—in a suite of interviews accrued and brought via Michael Austin to symbolize the span of her profession as a naturalist, writer, and activist.
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1940) was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for the activities that Williams describes in this interview. 27 A Voice in the Wilderness ttw: jt: ttw: jt: 2. mother bear. People think of the feminine spirit as very gentle, but there’s also part that, when stirred, will do anything to protect its young, or to protect something that is important. It can be very ﬁerce. And you have a whole chapter of different facets of the bear in your book, An Unspoken Hunger. Can you tell us what the bear represents for you?
Two hours passed. The sow buried the calf for a later meal. She slept on top of the mound with a paw on each cub. 3 jt: ttw: jt: ttw: 3. Such a powerful image. That reminds me, you mention in your book that you spent some time with Edward Abbey, just talking about storytelling—and he was a storyteller, and one that roamed about the rich landscape. Tell us about him. What was your memory and feeling for him? He died in 1989. He did. I think that, for so many of us in this country connected with the conservation movement, Edward Abbey spoke to all of us, whether it was Desert Solitaire, whether it was the Monkey Wrench Gang, or his essays about going down rivers.
We are engaged in a rhetoric as strong and as aggressive as the so-called opposition. ” I would love for us to listen to one another and try to say, “What do we want as members of this community? What do we love? What do we fear? What are our concerns? How do we dream our future? ” Then we would have something to build from, rather than constantly turning one another into abstractions and stereotypes engaged in military combativeness. I believe we all desire similar things. The real poison of our society right now is that everything is reduced to such a simplistic level.
A Voice in the Wilderness: Conversations with Terry Tempest Williams by Michael Austin