Monday, July 2, 2012

John Muir and My First Summer in the Sierra

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.

-- My First Summer in the Sierra , 1911, page 110.

Our Summer Read is John Muir's My First Summer in the Sierra. Muir needs no introduction here. As famous as he is, and as pervasive as quotes from his writings are, I suspect many people have never read those writings. My First Summer in the Sierra is one of his best. The text is available online at the magnificent tribute site compiled by the Sierra Club, which also includes photos, illustrations by Muir, biography and other resources. We will meet to discuss Muir and his superlative summer journal in September, date to be determined. Watch this site!