By Leonard Unger, Jay Parini
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The forty-four-year-old woman narrator recounts her early days on the family ranch and the aftermath of her mother’s early death. The story concerns the mystery of nature too. In one of the most beautifully descriptive passages, the narrator thinks, The moths were a luminescent, feathery pale green with sweeping forked tails that made them look like angels in long robes. Some people said that, as with the lightning bugs, luna moths spent their days ﬂying around the earth at high altitudes, descending only after the sun had set, but Grandfather and I knew that they lived under old logs back in the dark cedar thickets, because we’d found them there.
51) The request might have prompted more wide-ranging support if Bass had not just spent several paragraphs lambasting President Clinton for protecting other wild areas of the country but not the Yaak, without offering any particular reason why the Yaak is more important than those other places, other than his own now almost violent love for the place. Whatever its faults, Fiber remains a signiﬁcant work by Bass that made the ﬁeld of environmental writers quicken their attention. Brown Dog of the Yaak: Essays on Art and Activism (1999) continues this meditation through the lens of his favorite dog, Colter, who becomes a metaphor for Bass’s activism/writing dilemma.
26 RICK BASS of oil ten years from now, and in the meantime will create “a two-thousand-acre Wal-Mart,” (30) and destroydestroying the calving ground for the indigenous caribou as well as continuing to degrade the culture of the indigenous humans: Of the reintroduction sites proposed, Bass criticizes the actions of his home state of Texas and its ranchers the most: consortium of three or four neighbors could corner damn near a million acres, home to the only wild Mexican lobos in the U. S. of a.
American Writers, Supplement XVI by Leonard Unger, Jay Parini