Links that may or may not be related to gardens, food, travel, nature, or heterotopias and liminal spaces but probably are. Sources in parentheses.
interview: Crappy Gravelscaping & Rescuing Plants from Demo Zones (Anne Helen Petersen/Culture Study). Interview with Leah, a professional gardener in Austin, TX, who says that “a lot of my job is educating people about how resilient plants can be” and that xeriscaping should definitely not be gravel and cacti in Austin (which gets 34 inches of rain each year but is under water restrictions), because a gravelscape “doesn’t help stormwater infiltrate, doesn’t provide any ecological benefits, and doesn’t sequester carbon. It compacts the soil. … It raises the ambient temperature, …. [and it’s] hell to maintain.”
field guide to August 2023 (Vermont Center for EcoStudies). Evening primrose and the primrose moth caterpillar; birds atop mountains; dung moss and flies; dog-day cicadas; great golden digger wasps; katydids; and fritillaries!
essay: ‘Where Should I Live?’ In a terrifying summer, a search for safety (Bill McKibben/The Crucial Years). It’s been clear to me for a while now: We need to (continue to) join or build strong communities: “We’ve come through 75 years where having neighbors was essentially optional: if you had a credit card, you could get everything you needed to survive dropped off at your front door. But the next 75 years aren’t going to be like that; we’re going to need to return to the basic human experience of relying on the people around you. “