From Where We Stand: Recovering a Sense of Place

From Where We Stand: Recovering a Sense of Place Why Does A Particular Landscape Move Us What Is It That Attaches Us To A Particular Place Deborah Tall S From Where We Stand Is An Eloquent Exploration Of The Connections We Have With Places And The Loss To Us If There Are No Such Connections A Typically Rootless Child Of Several American Suburbs, Haunted As An Adult By The Need To Belong To An Authentic Place, Deborah Tall Set Out To Make A True Home For Herself In The Landscape To Which Circumstance Had Brought Her The Finger Lakes Region Of Upstate New York In A Mosaic Of Personal Anecdotes, Historical Sketches, And Lyrical Meditations, She Interweaves Her Own Story With The Story Of This Place And Its People From The Seneca Nation Of The Iroquois To European Settlers, To The Many Utopians Who Sensed A Spiritual Resonance Here And Were Inspired

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  • Paperback
  • 241 pages
  • From Where We Stand: Recovering a Sense of Place
  • Deborah Tall
  • English
  • 07 October 2019
  • 9780801854224

10 thoughts on “From Where We Stand: Recovering a Sense of Place

  1. says:

    Deborah Tall is a poet who got a job teaching at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and had to move to Geneva, New York It was a place she had no connection to, but she wanted to develop a connection She goes about it by looking around her, by driving to visit local sites of interest, and interviewing people And she muses, about everything What does this mean What does it all mean And she reads She reads a lot She reads about the history of the Geneva, and Seneca Lake, and the Finger Lakes region, and she reads what others have said about the meaning of place in culture She quotes historians, anthropologists, philosophers, poets, and experts in various fields The amount of scholarship is impressive Just for kicks, I went back and took notes She quotes Louis Agassiz, Gertrude Stein, D.W Meinig, Leslie Marmon Silko, Yi Fu Tuan, Keith Basso, Marshall McLuhan, Amos Rapoport, Arthur Minton, David Lowenthal, Bruce Chatwin, Henry James, Peter Wilson, Red Jacket, Wilbur Zelinsky, J.B Jackson, Ulysses Hedrick, Arch Merrill, Bill Ahrnsbrak, Cesare Pavese, Richard Wilbur, and that s only in the first chapter.One of the reasons I was interested in reading this book is that the Finger Lakes is my home I live in Syracuse, off to the side, but I have visited many of the sites described here I loved reading about the deep, cold lakes, so deep and mysterious that from time to time strange fish were brought up, and a rumor persisted that there was a connection to the ocean The Seneca Army Depot with its white deer and its hovering helicopters The history of the Iroquois, who farmed abundantly fertile fields and orchards, and were driven from their homes by the Revolutionary General Sullivan who did a scorched earth march through the area, burning everything, something I sure never heard about in school Mary Jemison, a white girl who was kidnapped, and preferred to stay with the Seneca rather than go back to white society The religious fanatics of the Burned Over District The early women s rights activists, including Matilda Joslyn Gage, who was written out of the history books because she was too radical And much about the Iroquois, both in the past, and today.I also enjoyed hearing about Tall s own life her gardening, her children, her experiences of living by the lake She does not speak well of the town of Geneva, which she finds rundown and ugly, its people poor and small minded But she loves the natural setting, and its sense of history.About the philosophical meditations on the meaning of place in the human psyche, I wasn t so sure That people in other cultures had, and sometimes still have, a much stronger attachment to place than contemporary Americans, I agree That Americans move so often that they never put down roots, and that their having the same corporate stores and restaurants in every place makes every place nearly indistinguishable, I agree That this rootlessness leads people to mistreat the environment, depleting the soil and polluting, because the earth is not valued, I probably agree But isn t the flip side of rootlessness flexibility Doesn t being tied to the land lead to territorial wars Tall does not address that point, but does point out that peoples tied to the land are devastated by the being displaced She includes stories of people in exile whose nostalgia for their homelands led them to languish unto death And of the poet John Clare, whose being forced to move three miles from his ancestral home went into a downward spiral that left him in a mental institution.Somewhere is a happy medium, and Tall seeks it, celebrating all the beauties and the rich history of her new home.

  2. says:

    Even while I was about to finish it, I was already thinking that I wanted to read this book again It has so much insight and offers a lot of details about how Native American culture could contribute to an American s sense of place There are also a lot of great quotes and references, which I will be following up This is one of those books I would recommend for everyone to read at least once in their life, preferably when considering their sense of place.

  3. says:

    I was interested in this book because I wanted to learn about the history and culture of the Finger Lakes area Deborah Tall lived in Ithaca she died at the age of 55 in 2006 and was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges The book focuses on the town of Geneva, where she worked and lived for many years Like many itinerant academics, she moved to the area because of her job at the college, not because of any attachments to the locale or its people This is supposedly a story about how an outsider discovers a sense of place for her new home The book reads like a disorganized assembly of anecdotes, however, jumping from the present to the past in illogical and disorienting fits and starts The aspects of the book I enjoyed most were its description and analysis of the Native American presence and history in the area Perhaps, the best way to enjoy this book is to read it a few pages at a time, soaking in the poetic language of each anecdote, without expectations for an overarching narrative.

  4. says:

    This book gave me a lot to consider regarding my place in the world, why I choose to live in certain places, how to connect with my landscape, and even how I identify my landscape This is a beautiful book that I will likely continue thinking about for a long time.

  5. says:

    I appreciated learning about the local history of the Finger Lakes and particularly Geneva, NY.

  6. says:

    I learned a lot from the first half of this book it is often beautiful, and in particular I found the description of the Iroquois Confederacy to be extremely illuminating powerful helpful As a newcomer to Central NY, I have been slowly filling in my knowledge gaps re indigenous histories and communities, and this book definitely had something to contribute.That being said, I experienced a rapid falling out with this book as I read the descriptions of Geneva, NY Understandable and I m sure honest, but at the same time it felt like an overly dismissive take And I guess a major downside of poetic, lush prose is that once you re a little bit unconvinced, it becomes harder and harder to want to stay with that voice.I m sure there would be things to learn sticking with this one, but I m getting comfortable stopping books when I feel I ve had the experience I need from them I m happy that I ran across this book at the semi annual Book Sale in Ithaca, NY side note extremely recommend the Book Sale experience and I m totally fine parting ways with Tall at the book s midpoint.

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