The Bones of the Earth

The Bones of the Earth The Bones of The Earth is a book about landmarks but of the oldest kind sticks and stones For millennia this is all there was sticks and stones dirt and trees animals and people the sky by day and

  • Title: The Bones of the Earth
  • Author: Howard Mansfield
  • ISBN: 9781593760403
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Bones of The Earth is a book about landmarks, but of the oldest kind sticks and stones For millennia this is all there was sticks and stones, dirt and trees, animals and people, the sky by day and night The Lord spoke through burning bushes, through lightning and oaks Trees and rocks and water were holy They are commodities today and that is part of our disquiethe Bones of The Earth is a book about landmarks, but of the oldest kind sticks and stones For millennia this is all there was sticks and stones, dirt and trees, animals and people, the sky by day and night The Lord spoke through burning bushes, through lightning and oaks Trees and rocks and water were holy They are commodities today and that is part of our disquiet.Howard Mansfield explores the loss of cultural memory, asking What is the past How do we construct that past Is it possible to preserve the past as a vital force for the future He writes eloquently on the land and time, on how to be a tourist of the near at hand, and on the forces that try to topple us From the author of In the Memory House, which The New York Times Book Review called wise and beautiful, and The Same Ax, Twice comes The Bones of The Earth, a stunning call for reinventing our view of the future.

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    1. Howard Mansfield

      Howard Mansfield sifts through the commonplace and the forgotten to discover stories that tell us about ourselves and our place in the world He writes about history, architecture, and preservatioHe is the author of eight books, including In the Memory House, of which The Hungry Mind Review said, Now and then an idea suddenly bursts into flame, as if by spontaneous combustion One instance is the recent explosion of American books about the idea of place But the best of them, the deepest, the widest ranging, the most provocative and eloquent is Howard Mansfield s In the Memory House Among his other books are Turn Jump, The Bones of the Earth and The Same Ax, Twice, which The New York Times said was filled with insight and eloquence A memorable, readable, brilliant book on an important subject It is a book filled with quotable wisdom Howard Mansfield has never written an uninteresting or dull sentence All of his books are emotionally and intellectually nourishing, said the writer and critic Guy Davenport He is something like a cultural psychologist along with being a first class cultural historian He is humane, witty, bright minded, and rigorously intelligent His deep subject is Time how we deal with it and how it deals with us His latest book takes up the subject of Time Turn Jump How Time and Place Fell Apart Mansfield writes, This is a book about time and place They were once inseparable Science historians note that before Thomas Edison, light and fire were the same thing after Edison they were separate The same can be said of time and place The origins of our 24 7 world can be found in this great change Mansfield has contributed to The New York Times, American Heritage, The Washington Post, Historic Preservation, Yankee and other publications.

    161 thoughts on “The Bones of the Earth”

    1. I loved it! Reading on the plane again. He writes about quirky New England things: stone bridges, the fabled elm in Cambridge under which Washington was said to have taken command of the army in 1775, (turns out to have been untrue), and the issue of excessive grave decorations. The last one produced a great quote: "Gaudiness is often mistaken for spendor, and capricious strangeness for improvement". Quote from Adolph Strauch, considered to be the founder of the modern cemetary. If you love NE, [...]


    2. Howard Mansfield writes better about the invisible world around us than anyone else - and his writing are especially gemane for anyone living in New England. Cellar holes, stone walls, strip malls, and otter scat are the raw materials from which Mansfield manages to create a whole new world.Bones of the Earthis a great addition to Mansfield's other two great books about history and how we preserve it: The Same Axe Twice and In the Memory House.


    3. A little bit "Learning from Las Vegas", a little bit "Our Town" -- a great collection of essays about the suburbanization of new Hampshire, its glacial past, its eccentric woodesmen, the reformist movement in Peterborough just the kind of hyper-local writing that I love.


    4. The author is very good at getting at the meaning of community in culture and how we are in danger of losing that sense of community in American culture. The essays in this book varied considerably -- some were very interesting to me, some not so much -- but his books are always worth reading.



    5. havent yet read it, but i've got a really bad feeling that i'm gonna hate it about as much as i hated "the scarlet letter"


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