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On the World from Above

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March 1, 2009 | Hardcover | 6.3 x 9.3, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781582434292
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"[F]ascinating... dense with ideas and the philosophy of human geography... " —Publishers Weekly

William L. Fox’s writing for the last several years has been focused on how we construct aerial views, either physically (by flying) or in our imaginations.

In Aereality, he flies over earthworks in Nevada and Utah, soars through the world’s largest open pit mine, and surveys Los Angeles, circumnavigating large swaths of true American urban sprawl. On the East Coast, he examines the elevated art of the Hudson River Valley and New York City. And finally, in Australia, Fox examines the history and current practice of both Euro-Australian and Aboriginal aerial views, and searches for the cognitive roots of our aerial imagination.

Accompanying Fox throughout his travels is a rolling cast of enlightened fliers: geographers, museum curators, landscape photographers, anthropologists, and artists. He traverses the sky in prop planes, helicopters, and hot air balloons, all with the ultimate goal of knowing and experiencing the earth from the air.

WILLIAM L. FOX is a writer, independent scholar, and poet whose work focuses on how human cognition transforms land into landscape. He was born in San Diego and attended Claremont McKenna College. He has edited several literary magazines and presses, among them the West Coast Poetry Review, and worked as a consulting editor for university presses, as well as being the former director of the poetry program at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

In the visual arts, Fox has exhibited text works in more than two dozen group and solo exhibitions in seven countries, served as the Associate Director of the Nevada Museum of Art, and then as the visual arts and architecture critic for the Reno Gazette-Journal. He currently is the lead strategist for the Art + Environment initiative at the Nevada Museum of Art.


“[F]ascinating… dense with ideas and the philosophy of human geography… ” —Publishers Weekly


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