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Robert Macfarlane and the dark side of nature writing

from The New York Times

Robert Macfarlane was partway up a mountain in Scotland when a fellow climber decided to lighten the mood by reciting some William Carlos Williams: “The descent beckons / as the ascent beckoned.” At the time, “the descent very much beckoned,” said Macfarlane, who then recalled the couplet when he began work on his latest book, “Underland: A Deep Time Journey.” “There is a logic that I began on the mountaintops with my first book,” he said in an interview earlier this month, “and that I’ve ended up as far below ground as I could with this one.” more

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