Whose Nature?

There are two approaches to nature writing, which double as the two approaches to nature in general and two approaches to being in the world; either we attempt to explain it, or let it explain itself. The latter digs deep into the essence of things (objects), while the former makes a cursory pass over the surface to pick up whatever it finds. We could call the latter art and the former science.


On the Strangeness of Natural Things and the Naturalness of Strange Things

The distinction between nature-with-a-small-n and Nature-with-a-capital-N is confined mostly to literary theory and eco-criticism, where capital N represents the Naturalization of phenomena, while small n maintains its rightful place beneath and beyond our human categories as a thing-in-itself, or at least the thing itself: the strange in the familiar and the familiar in the strange.