Discuss "Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape" by Barry Lopez.
The themes of this book are as vast as the landscape it encompasses. Having lived in the Arctic for long periods of time, Lopez authoritatively conveys an enormous breadth and variety of knowledge, including Arctic exploration, geography, weather, animal migration, and behavior. His portraits of animals - muskox, polar bear, narwhale, and others reflect a sensitive melding of facts and mystery. The work is suffused with philosophical and lyrical strains. Through the centuries the Arctic landscape has woven a "legacy of desire" in many a mind and heart, shaping imagination and knowledge. For Lopez, how the Arctic is comprehended will determine its fate. Whether its land, peoples, and animals are honored or vitiated will depend upon the working out of this metaphorical analogy between mind and landscape.
Barry Lopez's Author! Author! Presentation will be held at the Bend High School Auditorium on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Author! Author! literary series tickets are available for purchase online or in person.