sondheim at panix.com
Fri Dec 11 04:18:33 CET 2015
Great organization, met Coolidge I think in Utah, not quite remembering.
People don't realize that the thin several-millimeter crust of the
'desert' is an integral part of the biome; footprints destroy everything.
You have to be tuned to these things - everything reverberates, resonates
across and through organisms, minerals, etc. -
On Wed, 9 Dec 2015, John Hopkins wrote:
> Hei Alan -
>> Where are you located exactly? I'm interested in the intrusions you talk
> I'm based in Prescott, Arizona, a small town at 6000' in the central
> of the state. Politically it's conservative (very!), there are a lot of
> here as there is a VA hospital, lots of conservative retirees. Few
> minorities. But, easy access to the Grand Canyon and many other more subtle
> but very classic western landscapes and ecosystems.
>> One of the reasons I became disillusioned with Baudrillard had to do with
>> take on the American wilderness, as if the wild, instead of the grace of
>> life-forms in somewhat balance, was just lawless -
> I don't know, but I suspect that Baudrillard never walked (alone) in these
> landscapes or spent much time, had no familiarity with them, their wide
> variations, rich organismic life (despite the massive human interruptions!
> and quite exotic ('empty' upon first look)...
> I'd point to the Center for Land Use Interpretation (http://clui.org) for
> some absolutely superb research and creative work surrounding the military
> use of western land (among some other fine research interests). Matt
> Coolidge, one of the principles there has on-the-ground experience around
> this, along with the histories.
> I did a residency with them in Wendover, UT/NV a few years back, in their
> compound that sits 50 yards from the Enola Gay hangar at the former Army
> Airbase right on the Bonneville Salt Flat ... (documentation
> http://tinyurl.com/krnj8ru) -- from that location within, say, 300 miles,
> there are huge numbers of 'secret' military-industrial installations
> including the new NSA data center, nerve-agent research/testing facilities,
> and on and on...
> It's a strange phenomena, the proliferation of sites starting in WWII and
> continuing extensively into the Cold War, Space Race, nuclear weapon
> development, and on and on.
> so it goes...
> Dr. John Hopkins, BSc, MFA, PhD
> grounded on a granite batholith
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