What We’re Reading: The New Terrain.org
Posted by on February 10, 2014
One of Terrain.org’s “To Know a Place” features presents writings from, about and inspired by Mount St. Helen.

Terrain.org has a new website and has shifted from themed issues to rolling publications. If you haven’t seen the site, it’s worth a look. The site is beautifully designed and easy to navigate, enhancing the writing on the site–which of course is the best part.

Erik Reece’s essay “The Act of Writing: Speak and Bear Witness” was one of our favorite pieces we read up at the new site. The essay details his writing of the book Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia. Reece describes why he wrote Lost Mountain and how he had to trespass to witness what was being destroyed.

A few quotes that stood out: “I knew, of course, there was a terrible machine rumbling at the outskirts of this woodland garden.” and “But to create such a portrait of Lost Mountain, I obviously had to see it up close, and that meant I had to trespass.”

Here is another notable line from the short story “Bernard, Amongst the Sea Oats” by Shannon Sweetnam: “Bernard waited anxiously in a bundle of sea oats and sand, sensing how slowly time passed away when one was alone.”

The journal’s “To Know a Place” features are also worth checking out.

Have you seen the new terrain.org site? What do you think?

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