[10/12/22] Bond, Bruce: Invention of the Wilderness
Louisiana State University Press, paperback
Publication Date: October 12th, 2022
Publisher Marketing: In Invention of the Wilderness, Bruce Bond explores the wilderness as a spiritual, psychological, and ecological realm--a territory that, depending on our tolerances and affections, calls out for order, exploitation, expansion, or preservation. Although to talk of "inventing" the wilderness seems paradoxical, the book seeks to reclaim the etymological root of "invention" as a "venturing in." To invent a wilderness is to go inward by way of attentive engagement in the natural world, to affirm and liberate imaginative expression as no mere mirror of nature, but a force of it. At times meditative and melancholic, though also vibrant and full of life, Invention of the Wilderness proposes an embodied and reflective way of being in the world.