A WRITER'S WIT
To avoid what is common, without adopting what is unnatural, must limit the ambition of the vulgar herd of authors . . . .
Born June 13, 1752
Spirit Life in the Mojave
“During a season of wild ferment, a kind of atmospheric accident can occur: the extraordinary moisture stored in the mind of a passing animal or hiker can compel the spirit of a Joshua to Leap through its own membranes. The change is metaphysical: the tree’s spirit is absorbed into the migrating consciousness, where it lives on, intertwined with its host” (95).
“‘Oh, it’s a hardy species,’ the ranger says. His whiskers are clear tubes that hold the red firelight. ‘Those roots go deep. I wouldn’t count a tree like that out’” (101).
Michael Marcelle, Photographer
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