Cover Photo: Walter De Maria, The Lightning Field, 1977. © The Estate of Walter De Maria. Photo: John Cliett
Walter De Maria, The Lightning Field, 1977. © The Estate of Walter De Maria. Photo: John Cliett

In Which the Magpie Takes to the Field

De Maria’s field of lightning . . . Thoreau’s “botany boxes” . . . James Schuyler’s salute to the past

At the Lightning FieldThe Lightning Field

Bhagavad Gita“This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal.”

You can see his journals, too, although the handwriting is so fine that one might need a magnifying glass to read any of the pages. Here is a typical spread.

Afternoon of a Writer

The Lightning Field

Now that’s just a ridiculous metaphor, the impossibility of, Eurydice, blah blah

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