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Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses Paperback – 30 March 2003
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- Publisher : Oregon State University (30 March 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 168 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0870714996
- ISBN-13 : 978-0870714993
- Dimensions : 14.99 x 1.52 x 22.61 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 97,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hours spent plodding across sphagnum bogs, moseying around white deer droppings or looking for moss sperm sacs under the microscope, these are the places where the exceedingly rare Kimmerer bird makes her living and, indeed, her life. Chapters read with a mixture of reverence and academic expertise. Underpinning the writing is an impassioned plea to us all to make the right choices between mere survival or a full-blown appreciation of the interconnectedness of life-forms. For Kimmerer, observation is certainly key, a refusal to possess, relocate or interfere with the centuries’-old patterns of growth that go into the making of a moss bed. But it goes further, at least in this book. Research takes on a quality of life-endangering innovation, a determination to resolve how, for example, moss stratification works on a rocky riverbank. Bryologists are brave indeed.
There is a freshness to Kimmerer's writing, an airiness that makes you want to breathe deep lungfuls and feel the springiness or the spikiness or the coarseness of mosses. Species are finely differentiated, each with very particular qualities, and real enjoyment is to be had learning about the reproductive habits of sporophytes, or the green thread, the protonema, that spreads its webs over moist ground.
Kimmerer loves her subject and uses it to shape meanings to the craft of living with daughters and neighbours. Rooted in her past, she sees the sacredness of natural things left to connect in their proper habitat. Above all, this is a book to learn about the minutiae of the natural world and also about the life and mind of a woman driven by an unfettered passion to watch, study and just let things be.
I am noticing moss everywhere now and appreciating ist qualities. I am saddened that such amazing, ancient and tiny plants are dismissed and removed by just the kinds of chemicals from which they can protect us.
Long live moss and insightful writers like Robin Wall Kimmerer.