Okay, campers, here’s how it works. Read this product description from Amazon books and note the point at which you begin to feel queasy. Report back in the comments. If anyone makes it all the way through with appetite intact, I’ll reveal the name of the author whose work is described.
P.S. On the other hand, let me know if this sounds like something you would buy. If the market wants syrupy “meditations” on the senses I’ll change course immediately.
This title contains inspiring meditations through the author’s rich store of memories. In these elegant, short essays, revered nature writer [Name Withheld], attempts to marry a Romantic’s view of the natural world with that of the meticulous observations of the scientist. By Romanticism he refers to the view that nature isn’t a machine to be dissected, but a community of which we, the observers, are inextricably part. And that our feelings about that community are a perfectly proper subject for reflection, because they shape our relationship with it. Scientists eshew [sic] such a subjective response, wanting to witness the natural world exactly, whatever feelings subsequently follow. Our feelings are an extension of our senses - sight, taste, smell, touch and sound - and here, in a sextet of inspiring meditations, [Name Withheld] explores each sensory response in what it means to interact with nature. From birdsong to poetry, from Petri-dish to microscope, this is a joyful union of meandering thoughts and intimate memories.
P.P.S. See comments for the results.