The Journal

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Scott Thybony, Judith Freeman, L. Greer Price

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ISBN #: A123
Title: The Journal (Planteau Journal: Land and Peoples of the Colorado Plateau Vol. 2/2)
Authors: Scott Thybony, Judith Freeman, L. Greer Price
Publication Date: 1998

 

What makes the journal (or diary, or notebook) so unique is its intimacy. This kind of writing has not "had its hands washed for dinner." It retains the rugged sustenance and grit of a campsite supper ten days out on the trail. Because it is inspired by strong impressions of place and time, and spun from a particular sort of inner solitude, it is a form especially sympathetic to the landscapes and lives of the Colorado Plateau, past and present. "The Notebook" by Scott Thybony Certain places draw out the journal-keeping impulse more than others, and the Colorado Plateau is one such place. Writer Scott Thybony explores his impulse through "place notes" from a photographer, a Navajo sojourner, and his own compactly jotted observations. "Remembered Rivers" by Scott Thybony The heavy slap and amphibian smell of water, the cliffs rising an oar's-breadth away, the sense of eternality within constant change-the river has impelled many to the written word. Here are slices of that experience in the writings of seven travelers, each with a different reason for entering the river, each with a distinctive voice for telling the tale. "In Their Own Words" by Judith Freeman The experiences of Lucy Flake, Rachel Lee, and Emma Sykes, recorded in their diaries one hundred years ago, are as compelling today as when they were written. In them these three remarkable women give us a glimpse of Mormondom of the 19th century, of pioneer life, and of how the frontier seemed to a forty-year-old newlywed from England. "Ulrike Arnold: Earth Painter" by L. Greer Price Some paint pictures of the land; German artist Ulrike Arnold paints with the land, gathering local minerals to record her vital sense of place in "earth portraits." "Tokens from the Road" Goofy or serious, useful or just plain strange, the range of objects people collect to mark their travels is truly astonishing. Here are a few prize items.

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