By Michael Austin

ISBN-10: 0874215374

ISBN-13: 9780874215373

ISBN-10: 0874216346

ISBN-13: 9780874216349

Along with her specified, impassioned voice and known felicity of language, Terry Tempest Williams talks approximately wasteland and natural world, position and eroticism, artwork and literature, democracy and politics, relatives and history, Mormonism and faith, writing and creativity, and different matters that interact her agile mind—in a collection of interviews collected and brought by means of Michael Austin to symbolize the span of her profession as a naturalist, writer, and activist.

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It is this honesty of spirit that is completely paradoxical. Once again, I think of Great Salt Lake as my mentor. Are beauty and terror, fierceness and compassion, paradoxical? Paradox is life. It’s the same thing as balance. You can’t have one without the other. There’s always that creative third, which is where possibility lies. It’s Jeannette Armstrong’s En’owkin concept—give me your contraire, and we’ll have something to talk about. Tell me what you fear most and then we can talk about what we desire most.

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? Again, we’re talking about mentors, whether it’s Wangari Maathai or whether it’s a grizzly. For me, the bear embodies these opposing views, that we can be both fierce and compassionate at once. The bear is above ground in spring and summer and below ground, hibernating, in fall and winter— and she emerges with young by her side. I think that’s a wonderful model for us, particularly as women.

I’ll bet his desire wouldn’t have anything to do with money, greed, or power. I’ll bet it would have to do with peace. It would have to do with being loved. It would have to do with trying to find his place in the world. One house. One self. But we don’t have time to even consider these things. So what we do is just engage in a speed of “development” that ultimately destroys both the land and ourselves. To engage in the erotics of place means to engage in time. 41 A Voice in the Wilderness dj: ttw: dj: ttw: dj: ttw: And to engage in the erotics of personhood also means to engage in time.

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