"Everything is held together with stories. That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion."
I heard yesterday evening via Robert MacFarlane that the author Barry Lopez had died on Christmas Day at his house in Oregon: somewhere he and his wife were renting after the house he had lived in for decades had been affected by wildfires earlier in the year, which had also tragically destroyed a building containing an archive of his writing and documents.
I have blogged about Barry's writing numerous times here, and on my other blogs.
Barry Lopez passed away yesterday evening, making his last great journey.— Robert Macfarlane (@RobGMacfarlane) December 26, 2020
His work –– graceful, meticulous, ethical, compassionate, from Arctic Dreams to Common Ground to Horizon & far beyond –– shaped & will go on to shape countless lives, hearts & landscapes...
An appreciation was printed in the New York Times today.
"If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive."