Roots and Branches

Roots and Branches

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We don't have to choose between urban and rural life-styles, Edward Hoagland once wrote, because we can divide out time between the two; we do have to choose to be either easterners or westerners. But what separates the coasts besides three thousand miles of heartland? Roots and Branches helps answer this question by presenting a panoply of West Coast viewpoints. Compiled by Howard Junker from ZYZZYVA, the West Coast literary magazine, this book collects thirty-five recent essays by writers based in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Often West Coast writers look to their roots--or pivotal experiences--elsewhere: Irma Wallem tells of first love in Oklahoma in the twenties; Blair Fuller recalls an early experiment with LSD; Paula Gunn Allen explores her Lebanese heritage in New Mexico. West Coast writers also pursue new directions as varied as their roots: John Haines writes about 'mudding up' his homestead in Alaska; David Harris tells of doing time as a war resister; others offer fresh perspectives on architecture, poetry and the natural world. Roots and Branches celebrates the vitality and diversity of West Coast writing.Instead of scrambling for a rattan ball, the Chinese in California fought for a ring of woven bamboo which was blasted into ... noted: aquot;As soon as a ring would descend hundreds of hands would make a grab for it, and in their mad effort to get it, anbsp;...

Title:Roots and Branches
Author:Howard Junker
Publisher:Atlas Press (GB) - 1991-01-01


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