By W. Scott Olsen

“It’s kind of like ballet. Preflight. beginning. Warm-up. The voices from the keep an eye on tower—the directions. Taxiing. the push down the runway. Airborne. There are names for each movement. The run-up. place and carry. each flow should be discovered, practiced, made so ordinary you're feeling the styles in some other factor you do. It’s technical, certain. yet there's a grace to getting steel and bone into the sky.”

Prairie Sky is a party of interest and a ebook for explorers. during this number of contemplative essays, Scott Olsen invitations readers to view the area from a pilot’s seat, demonstrating how, with somewhat little bit of altitude, the realm adjustments, new relationships come into sight, and new questions appear to stand up from the ground.

Whether looking for the still-evident beaches of historic lakes, the dustbowl-era shelterbelt alleged to run the size of the rustic, or the much more elusive understandings of physics and theology, Olsen stocks the original point of view and perception allowed to pilots.

Prairie Sky explores the truth in addition to the metaphor of flight: notions of ceaseless time and boundless area, own inside and external imaginative and prescient, social heritage, meteorology, and geology. Olsen takes readers alongside as he chases a brand new approach of taking a look at the actual global and wonders aloud approximately how the total planet strikes in interconnected methods no longer obvious from the floor. whereas the northern prairie may perhaps recall to mind photographs of golden harvests and summer time twilight such pictures don't outline the sector. The land bears marks left via gut-shaking thunderstorms, hard-frozen rivers, sweeping floods, and hurricane-size storms. Olsen takes to the midwestern sky to confront the standard international and divulges the magic--the wondrous and distinct attractions seen from the pilot’s seat of a Cessna.

Like Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s vintage paintings Wind, Sand and Stars, Olsen’s Prairie Sky unearths the guts of what it potential to fly. within the grand romantic culture of the trip essay, it opens the dramatic paradoxes of self and collective, linear and round, the guts and the border.

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