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SEP 24, 2013 - Washington Post

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In ‘All the Land to Hold Us,’ Rick Bass looks at what’s buried, beneath land and within us

The prologue to “All the Land to Hold Us,” by Montana writer and conservationist Rick Bass, begins much like Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”: by looking back, way back, in this case to the geologic dawn of the West Texas landscape that is the novel’s setting. Bass first shows us the rock formation known as Castle Gap as it is carved out of limestone by the elements, 270 million years ago, in a “warm, shallow Permian sea.” Then he fast-forwards as cavemen, Apaches and rapacious conquistadors go about their human folly at the rock’s base, coveting resources and being generally nasty ... Read More

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