Rust Belt Arcana (pre-order)
By Matt Stansberry with Illustrations by David Wilson
A work of nature writing and art that takes an unconventional approach to the flora and fauna of the Rust Belt. The essays, which are set in the industrial Midwest, are organized by the major arcana of Tarot cards. The chapter on The Fool tells of a bear harassed by car traffic; the Magician chapter follows a trout swimming through industrial rivers; the High Priestess section shows how climate change is threatening the habitat of the snowy owl. Exploring natural history through the Tarot provides readers with a new perspective on a regional landscape often dismissed as unremarkable, as well as our remarkable place in it.
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Matt Stansberry was born in Akron, Ohio. He is a dad, nature writer, and fly fisherman. Find him on Twitter @LakeErieFlyFish.
More of David Wilson’s illustration work can be found at dwillustration.com.
Matt and David’s monthly column, “North Coast Biodiversity,” is collected here. Order copies of the first edition of Redhorse — a print collection of the first six “North Coast Biodiversity” columns — here, and signed prints of David Wilson’s original art for the column here. Find out more about Matt & David’s publications/additional projects a thttp://redhorsemag.com.