What a weekend. Between the book festival, my trip with John Vaillant, and everything included and in between, it was an exhausting whirlwind. I really don’t even know where to start, but given that I have to get out of bed in about 5.5 hours to catch a flight to Alabama, I don’t think I am going to try. However, having just finished this wonderful book by William E. Tydeman called Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination, the very last quote of the book from Lopez sums up what I come away from the weekend feeling, as deeply as I’ve ever felt anything. It is the result of these deep conversations, these encounters, these experiences, with friends both brand new and old, some brief, some spanning hours.
Be tireless and devoted to the courtship of your imagination. Nurture your friendships, your allegiance with other human beings. If you feel grief, or rage, or love, give it a shape so we readers will know what you mean, and be able to better understand, better cope with the landscapes of our grief, and rage, and love.
— Barry Lopez
Hope everyone else had a great weekend as well.