My Time on the Turning World
Ranging across continents and millennia, Dodd examines how people have inscribed the concept of time into their physical environments, through rock art, standing stones, and the alignment of buildings on the landscape. She follows the etymological trail of various languages, blending research with travel narrative and aesthetic meditation. From musings on the origin of the sandhill cranes’ transcontinental journey to reflections on the dimming light of shortening days as the winter solstice approaches, from depictions of exploding stars in ancient petroglyphs to meditations on the Great North Road, whose purpose scientists have yet to discover, Dodd captures the interstices of the natural world.
Praise For Horizon's Lens: My Time on the Turning World…
"Dodd entwines the details of her camping life—cold nights, hard beds, basic food—with her ruminations on culture, anthropology, geography, time and many other subjects. These essays . . . demand to be read and then reread with care."—Kirkus Reviews
"Profoundly receptive to the land and its echoes, steeped in history and cosmologies, beautifully expressive, funny, and self-deprecating, Dodd is fascinated with how language embodies and gives voice to place and with the art of timekeeping, from petroglyphs measuring the course of the sun and moon to calendars, almanacs, and even social-media status updates."—Donna Seaman, Booklist
"[Horizon's Lens is ] a wide-ranging, warm, and intellectually generous work of hybrid scholarship and personal essay."—Catherine Meeks, ISLE
"Dodd's prose gives the impression that every single word—in meaning, sound, and relation to other words—was carefully chosen and crafted."—Melanie Dylan Fox, Terrain.org
University of Nebraska Press, 9780803240780, 256pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2012