Maniacal Naturalist Society:
There were never any card-carrying members of the Maniacal Naturalist Society besides Peter Warshall (1940-2013) himself. Rather, he envisioned this fictional society as a planetary ethos based on ideals of interdependence and mutualism, and most of all, on the conviction that all beings are equally evolved. Honorary members include a beatnik assortment of ecologists, community servants, biogladiators, ecopoets, and pragmatic misfits, all sharing a fierce desire to understand and defend the living planet: Rachel Carson, Lynn Margulis, Jane Wodening, Jack Collom, Ann Waldman, Luna Leopold, George Washington Carver, Beatrix Potter, Jannaki Ammal, Hattie Carthan, Rick Fields, Nanao Sakaki, Gary Snyder, Winona LaDuke, Vandana Shiva, Barry Lopez, Barbara McClintock, Cleve Backster, you, me?
Warshall taught ecopoetics at the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, worked as a natural history guide all over the world, and published dozens of essays and articles about ecology, conservation and development, natural resources, and related subjects. At the time of his passing, Warshall was at work on two book projects, one on the evolution of color and the other on global environmental history.
To learn more about Peter please look out for the forthcoming lecture at Cactus Store Studio by our friend Parker Hatley, editor of the new book Squirrels on Earth and Stars Above, the first ever published compilation of Warshall’s writings. The images and language on this tee come from Warshall’s own artworks, writings, and lecture notes.
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