By Bernard Quetchenbach

The compelling essays in Bernard Quetchenbach’s Accidental Gravity circulate from upstate long island to the western usa, from city and suburban areas to wild lands. within the first part of the publication, he specializes in suburban neighborhoods, the place citizens reply ambivalently to golf-course ducks and different unruly traditional presences; within the moment part, he juxtaposes those humanized locations with Yellowstone nationwide Park. Quetchenbach writes approximately present environmental matters within the larger Yellowstone area—wildfire, invasive species, ever-increasing numbers of tourists—in the context of weather switch and different modern pressures.

 

Accidental Gravity negotiates the tricky part among a naive trust in an everlasting, unassailable flora and fauna and the both naive trust that human lifestyles occurs in a few unnatural, extra mediated context. The name refers back to the unintended yet still significant nexus the place the non-public meets and combines with the universal—those serendipitous moments whilst the person existence connects to the bigger rhythms of time and planet.

 

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