Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity


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Trinity University Press
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5.6 X 1.1 X 8.6 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Jonathan White is a writer, sailor, educator, marine conservationist, photographer, and custom homebuilder. His first book, Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity, features interviews with Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, and others. His writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, The Sun, Sierra, the Whole Earth Review, and Fine Homebuilding, and his photographs have appeared in Orion and Sailing. The former president of the Resource Institute, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization focusing on the culture and traditions of the Northwest, White is the author of the forthcoming book, Tides, and lives on Orcas Island, Washington.


"In 1983 writer Jonathan White, founder and president of the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization in Seattle, transformed a dilapidated schooner into a floating classroom to which he invited environmentalists, writers and scientists to discuss humanity's place within nature and the vital spiritual and ecological lessons we can learn from animals, the land and indigenous peoples. Here, White draws on these seminars to pose new questions to the likes of Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, and eight others. The resulting dialogues knock down walls to widen the floor of discussion. Rather than outline an answer to the ills of modernity and over development, they demonstrate the complexities of the problem. Although serious and informative, the interviews are highly accessible and, at times, even amusing. By sharing their knowledge, research and personal anecdotes, the participants accent common themes, like the the reality of an interdependence between nature and humanity rather than a romanticized independent natural world. Infused with passion and spirituality, Talking on the Water reminds us that if we abuse nature, we're ultimately abusing ourselves." -- Publishers Weekly

"An excellent introduction to cutting-edge thinking about the interrelationships between nature and human society . . . accessible and pertinent." -- Seattle Times