Wilderness Essays, John Muir

Writing: 5/5 Research: I suspect he went on a lot of hikes… Scale: 4/5 Inspiration A BILLION /5 For those of you who aren’t familiar, John Muir was a Scottish naturalist who fought for the preservation of wilderness in the United States. He was particularly fond of the Yosemite and the Rocky Mountains of the western states. He co-founded the long-running Sierra Club (which now has multiple regional branches full of committed and passionate naturalists), and…

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Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms…

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The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp

Writing: Yes/5, Research: her whole life, so why bother with ratings?, Scale: universal, Inspiration: obviously. I give up these arbitrary numerical ratings. This book exceeds them anyway.  It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a book, even though I have three very-nearly-complete reviews sitting idle in my “Drafts” folder. I keep telling myself that I’ll get to them eventually… And I might. However, this book made me open up a blank screen and start typing –…

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