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Classy Talk with Eric Wagner

Posted Fri, 4/12/2013 - 11:58pm by  |  Category:

Eric Wagner is teaching a class, “Writing Nature in a Post-Nature World” at Richard Hugo House this spring. He took some time to answer some questions for us.

What is the title of your class?

Writing Nature in a Post-Nature World

People should take this class because?

We’re told that so much is happening to this thing all around us that we call nature; and our relationship to it seems perpetually unsettled. So now seems like a good time to figure out what we mean when we try to write about this urgent space.

What are you reading right now?

The Wild Places, by Robert Macfarlane

Madness, Rack, and Honey, by Mary Ruefle

What excites you about the material you’re teaching?

How lively the stuff and also how it complicates my thinking, how it makes me grapple with it.

What book(s) made you want to write?

Encounters with the Archdruid, by John McPhee

The Beak of the Finch, by Jonathan Weiner

Song for the Blue Ocean, by Carl Safina

Teaching A Stone to Talk, by Annie Dillard

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?:

Murder your darlings.

If you could have coffee with any author living or dead, who would it be?

JM Coetzee, especially because he probably wouldn’t say anything. 

What’s your favorite book? If you could pair it with a glass of wine or a pint of beer, what would you choose?

Life and Times of Michael K, paired with bottled water.