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SACRED TRUSTS by Michael Katakis

SACRED TRUSTS

Essays on Stewardship and Responsibility

By Michael Katakis

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1993
ISBN: 1-56279-056-0

 Katakis (The Vietnam Veterans Memorial--not reviewed) pulls together 30 original essays, some stunning and a few forgettable, hinging on the environmental buzz notion of ``stewardship.'' Essays like Gary Paul Nabhan's memoir of his strange night spent camping amid the dump heap of a desert bordello (``That was the first time I had come to read trash. I am a richer man for it'') or Frederick Turner's appreciation of the French wine landscape (``Drink a glass of good wine, drink the soul of the earth'') get the point of stewardship across--how loving the land can create a transcendent place--without resorting to brow-beating. Jack Turner's homage to the white pelican is equally powerful, and Gerald Vizenor's short bursts of dense, astonishing prose (``The salamander earth is a wiser name than obtuse tribute to an abused mother'') prompt serious introspection. Among the other, high-profile contributors are Wendell Berry, Mary Catherine Bateson, John Nichols, Bill McKibben, and Dan O'Brien. Given a wide readership, there are enough powerful essays here to make a real dent in our collective environmental consciousness. (Illustrations)