Learning from Nature is here.
Creative Nonfiction #61 // Fall 2016
"Learning from Nature"
Finding inspiration in the world around us.
In this issue, we seek inspiration from the natural world. Deer antlers help surgeons build better prostheses, and scientists studying hibernation in arctic ground squirrels find a possible key to understanding Alzheimer’s disease. Biomimicry visionary Janine Benyus fights to restore natural balance on a parcel of land in Montana, and in Oregon, naturalists grapple with the ethics of killing one species of owl to protect another owl’s habitat.
Plus, how essay structures work on the human brain; 50 years of women writers exploring wilderness; hermit-crab essays; Thoreau’s remarkably elaborate journaling process; tiny truths; and more.
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Wendy Bone // Suzanne Cope // Jonita Davis // Evan Edwards // Adelheid Fisher // Debra Gwartney // Dave Madden // Catherine Musemeche // Mary Heather Noble // Yelizaveta Renfro //
Thérèse d'Auria Ryley // Jim Schneider // Vivian Wagner
"What's the Story?"
From the Editor
From Rachel Carson to Cheryl Strayed, what women writers have found in the wild
"An Apprentice to the World"
Adelheid Fischer visits biomimicry expert Janine Benyus, who puts her theories to the test in her Montana backyard
"How the Mind Works"
The better we understand the brain's processes, the more artful our writing can be.
Quotes from the issue
“Writers, in a way, look at their essays and articles from a designer’s or architect’s perspective. They first sit at their keyboards or yellow pads, following their research and their notes and their creative intuition, but then they write and revise, and then finally edit.”
“Like the scientist scrutinizing a slice of squirrel brain through a microscope, what I perceive is but a thin shaving of the unknowable whole.”
If I was waiting for some message about the nobility of endurance, the essential nature of hope, this bird was not about to deliver it to me.
If there’s anything we have learned from nature, it’s that we are both the owl and the clear-cut forest, the dinosaur and the asteroid.
-Mary Heather Noble