Life on Waller Creek (Used)


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A natural history of Waller Creek in Austin, TX by a former UT Professor. From geographer Kevin M. Anderson’s blog (5/8/2014) about the book… “Joe gives a faithful account of the degradation and delights of the creek by simply cataloging what he encounters there and sharing his thoughts about his encounters. He calls these lists of prosaic observations and thoughts, “Inventories,” and they are interspersed throughout the text like snapshots of the place. Joe justifies these inventories as a necessary part of the book by insisting that, “the casual, the accidental, the wayward all have a little more scope than straight narrative will stoop to tolerate.” Like the creek gathers urban runoff and detritus, these inventories gather together a seeming hodgepodge of particulars recorded by a literate observer at a moment in time. As the inventories accumulate through the course of the book, they paint a realistic portrait of his beloved “Cretaceous limestone gutter” with himself, all humans, and all human trash and treasure collected by the creek as part of the continuum of nature and not outside of it.”

Condition: Good. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges.

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