9780465024865

Flight Maps

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465024865

  • ISBN10:

    0465024866

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-04-05
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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Summary

In five sharply drawn chapters,Flight Mapscharts the ways in which Americans have historically made connectionsand missed connectionswith nature. Beginning with an extraordinary chapter on the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and the accompanying belligerent early view of nature's inexhaustibility, Price then moves on to discuss the Audubon Society's founding campaign in the 1890s against the extravagant use of stuffed birds to decorate women's hats. At the heart of the book is an improbable and extremely witty history of the plastic pink flamingo, perhaps the totem of Artifice and Kitschnevertheless a potent symbol through which to plumb our troublesome yet powerful visions of nature. From here the story of the affluent Baby-Boomers begins. Through an examination of the phenomenal success of The Nature Company, TV series such asNorthern ExposureandDr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,and the sport-utility vehicle craze, the author ruminates on our very American, very urbanized and suburbanized needs, discontents, and desires for meaningful, yet artificially constructed connections to nature. Witty, at times even whimsical,Flight Mapsis also a sophisticated and meditative archaeology of Americans' very real and uneasy desire to make nature meaningful in their lives.

Author Biography

Jennifer Price attended Princeton University and received her Ph.D. in History from Yale. Her essays have appeared in the collections Uncommon Ground and The Nature of Nature. She lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. xv
Missed Connections: The Passenger Pigeon Extinctionp. 1
When Women Were Women, Men Were Men, and Birds Were Hatsp. 57
A Brief Natural History of the Plastic Pink Flamingop. 111
Looking for Nature at the Mall: A Field Guide to The Nature Companyp. 167
Roadrunners Can't Read: The Greening of Television in the 1990sp. 207
Notesp. 257
Acknowledgmentsp. 301
Indexp. 305
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