Friday, June 29, 2007

Seeing is Understanding

I started reading Annals of the Former World by John McPhee tonight. What a remarkable writer he is! The book starts off with a topographic map of the United States, and now it's really easy to understand why Illinois bothered me so much.

3 comments:

David Moles said...

That is such an awesome book. And I say that as someone who barely knows granite from sandstone.

hagdirt said...

Yeah, and I lived there for three years. People say, "What, couldn't stand the cold?" Nope, couldn't stand the flat.

(Well, that and the Memorial Day outdoor concert where it was 45˚ and raining.)

Dr. Lisa said...

I only had to read a few pages to know that McPhee was going to tell a tremendous story of geology and geologists. I'm looking forward to the ride.

K - I always knew you hated the flat, but I never quite appreciated the flat until this past month. I'm impressed you made it for three years. Three hours about did me in.