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Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water Paperback – August 26, 1996
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About the Author
Kathleen Dean Moore is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. She is also the author of A Field Guide to Inductive Arguments.
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Although there are plenty of rivers running through the essays in this book, there is more to them than that. My favorite essay is the chapter dedicated to the merits of "poking around". It gives a fantastic justification of spending a day doing absolutely nothing - my kind of day!
This is the kind of book that you read in more than one sitting. When you're stuck somewhere you don't want to be - when you're feeling stifled - when all you want to do is escape somewhere to your own little universe - that's the time to read a chapter of this book. If you can't get away to spend a weekend in the mountains, reading these essays is the next best thing.
She is at her best in the essay, "The John Day River", where she questions a universal balance between happiness and despair. She wonders if the joy of cowboys who park their trucks in wheat fields and turn up their radios "to dance in the headlights" (page 20) enjoy themselves at another's expense. In her casual, but eloquent style she questions the possibility of Nature collecting a debt, payable by sickness or sorrow charged to one (her own father's hospitalization, perhaps) to cover the cost of happiness for another.
Kathleen Dean Moore is a gifted essayist. She has found a beautiful confluence where her philosophical questions empty into the deep ocean of nature writing. She has earned her place as one of the genre's very best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very connective to the environment
Had for my English class and I love it
I thought this book was about the rivers themselves--perhaps she had floated these rivers and was writing about the sights and scenes. My mistake. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by B. McMillan
In the essay in which the author describes her initial encounter with graduate level philosophy, Kathleen Moore gave away a major distinction between herself and myself ... Read morePublished on June 3, 2000 by M. J. Smith
This is excellent, engaging writing.Moore unfolds bits of her life as she takes us along various rivers. The result is poignant, memorable stories inspired by life outdoors.Published on April 27, 1999