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2 responses to “Books by Tom Titus’ Bed”

  1. Rosemary Lombard

    The stacks by my bed share your choices by John Daniel and Bob Pyle. Gathering Moss was there for a while, until I finished it–all loved and all in the category of your query. I love Kimmerer’s explanations of the microclimates mosses create in their slight slice of atmosphere–new to my consciousness (and I hope I can get down to OSU to hear her). The stack also includes John Daniel’s The Far Country; John Marzluff’s Gifts of the Crow, with much I didn’t know about the structure of bird brains; Verlyn Klinkenborg’s always reread Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile; lots of poetry (Ralph Salisbury, Joe Soldati, Penelope Schott, sometimes the Staffords), and a couple of cognition books with impossibly small fonts, especially the one by Sara Shettleworth. Those two I’ve decided are not bedtime reading, and probably not readable at all until I get around to cataract surgery.

    1. Tom Titus

      Rosemary, thanks very much for your thoughtful reply! We could easily trade nightstands and be very content.

      Speaking of abject reptiles, while prepping for a lecture in my herpetology class a few years ago I happened across what would become my favorite William Stafford poem, “At the Bomb Testing Site.” Last year one of my students, Lance Risser, snapped a striking picture of a not-so-abject leopard lizard perched above the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon. The match between picture and poem knocked my socks off, and with Kim Stafford’s permission Lance merged the two into a new homepage for the course website: http://blogs.uoregon.edu/bi468titus/.

      Thank you for reminding me to add to my pile John Marzluff’s Gifts of the Crow. John is a great speaker, great fun, a most attentive corvid behaviorist, a really smart guy who studies really smart birds. We need to bring him back soon for a Eugene Natural History Society lecture.

      Ralph Salisbury’s new memoir So Far So Good just received a long write-up in the Eugene Register Guard.

      And so my pile grows …

      I hope that we can meet at Robin Kimmerer’s talk at OSU on May 16.

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