When you live with a book-monger you get interesting anniversary gifts, thank you for this @printedmatterhastings!
It's an emotionally difficult but insightful read and his thoughts on dissonant landscapes are particularly resonant for me at the moment given my work inspired by nuclear power stations and gun emplacements etc.
"Dissonance is produced by any landscape that enchants in the present but had been a site of violence in the past. But to read such a place only for its dark histories is to disallow it's possibilities for future life, to deny reparation or hope - and this is another kind of oppression.... All of these landscapes offer the reassurance of nature's return; all invite the discord of profound suffering coexisting with generous life."
There is something deeply uncomfortable about these places, but it feels important to me to be with that uneasiness, to explore it and perhaps to see what can be made from it.
Highly recommended reading as always from @robgmacfarlane