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An edition of Birds, Art, Life, Death (2017)

Birds, Art, Life, Death

A Year of Observation

First Scribner hardcover edition.
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"A writer's search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life"--

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Birds, Art, Life, Death: A Year of Observation
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Dewey Decimal Class
813/.6, B
Library of Congress
PR9199.4.M32597 Z46 2017

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viii, 221 pages
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1501154206, 1501157949
9781501154201, 9781501157943
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Work Description

A writer’s search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads her to birds in this meditation on creativity and life – a field guide to things small and significant.

In 2012, Kyo Maclear met a musician with a passion for birds. Curious about what had prompted a young urban artist to suddenly embrace nature she decided to follow him for a year to find out.

Observing two artists through seasonal shifts and migrations, Birds Art Life celebrates the particular madness of chasing after birds in a big city, and explores what happens when the principles of birdwatching are applied to other aspects of art and life. It looks at the ecology of urban spaces and the creative and liberating effects of keeping your eyes and ears wide open. Far from seeking the exotic, Kyo discovers joy in the birds she spots in city parks and harbours, along eaves and on wires. In a world that values big and fast, Kyo begins to look to the small, steady, slow accumulations of knowledge, and the lulls that give way to contemplation.

Moving between the granular and the grand, peering into the inner landscape as much as the outer one, Birds Art Life asks how we are shaped and nurtured by our passions, and how we might come to love and protect not only the world’s natural places but also the challenging urban spaces where so many of us live.

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