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Lopez has always been interested in tearing down artificial divides between nature and culture, landscape and identity, and nowhere does he do so more powerfully than in About This Life. These essays cover ground from the remote (in the group of travel essays entitled "Out of Country") to the familiar ("Indwelling"), the personal to the archetypal ("Remembrance" and "An Opening Quartet"). Whether he's joyriding around the world with air cargo, performing burials for animals found dead by the side of the road, or lamenting the commodification of the American landscape, Lopez writes with a surgeon's precision, a musician's ear, and a painter's eye for beauty found in unexpected places. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great to read - well worth the purchase and postage along with other Barry Lopez books thank you for the brilliant readPublished 21 months ago by kanook321
Scenes from Lopez's essays have stayed with me for years. The range of interests he writes about are broadly edifying and delivered in the most eloquent prose. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Craig Caddell
Barry Lopez reminds one a bit of Oliver Sacks in terms of his ability to draw global conclusions about the human experience from the subjects of his investigation. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Bryan Lee
I like barry lopez - he has some good short stories that can take you through a journey. I would recommendPublished on May 9, 2013 by matty
Thoughtful, if I had to choose one word to sum up Lopez's writing, would be my selection. He doesn't' merely present a series of images and situations; he traces the significance... Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Sarah R. Mercier