Recovering Place: Reflections on Stone Hill (Religion, Culture and Public Life)

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Mark C. Taylor recounts a poignant love affair not with a person but with a place that, paradoxically, cannot be easily localized. For many years, Taylor has lived in the Berkshire Mountains, where he writes and creates land art and sculpture. In a world of mobile screens and virtual realities, where speed is the measure of success and place is disappearing, his work slows down thought and brings life back to earth to give readers time to ponder the importance of place before it slips away. Taylor extends reflection beyond the page and returns with new insights about what is hiding in plain sight all around us. Weaving together words and images, his artful work enacts what it describes. Things long familiar suddenly appear strange, and the strange, unexpected, and unprogrammed unsettle readers in surprising ways. This timely meditation gives pause in the midst of harried lives and turns attention toward what we usually overlook: night, silence, touch, grace, ghosts, water, earth, stones, bones, idleness, infinity, slowness, and contentment. Recovering Place is a unique work with reflections that linger long after the book is closed.

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Taylor engages -- by modeling it in language as well as in earth and water -- his readers' desire for an earthen transcendence.--Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of " God: A Biography"

Mark Taylor is not limited by fields of research and study - he turns over ideas and regards objects and effects from all sides. Taylor's deep reading of philosophy, political theory, and sociology is combined with a unique understanding of art in its most elemental forms. He guides us in ways of seeing, experiencing and receiving. In an increasingly fragmented and solipsistic world Taylor encourages us to regard a sense of "place" as a set of ethical and tangental contexts not limited by material potential for exploitation--Liam Gillick, artist

Taylor is a true renaissance thinker, a synthesizer of high order. His new book is a deep pleasure to read, his beloved New England landscape informs his thinking as he lands one by one on each enlightened stone. Take this book to the nearest garden, sit on a rock and let the language, Taylor's ideas in language, take you to where you had not planned on going.--Sophie Cabot Black, poet

Our current culture of distraction is movingly countered in Mark Taylor's polemical argument for a refocusing on place. Taylor, one of our most important philosophers of culture today, frames his poetic and passionate argument with a very personal reflection, not unlike Henry David Thoreau. Stone Hill, Taylor's Walden Pond, gives a visual identity to his important words. Mark Taylor's poetic manifesto of place is a joy to read -- the timely urgency of "Recovering Place" is a gift to students in philosophy, art, architecture and cultural criticism. --Steven Holl, Architect

Mark C. Taylor began his love affair with the landscape of northwestern Massachusetts 40 years ago in 1973 when he first came to Williams College to teach in the Religion Department. Although he moved to New York to become Chair of the Religion Department at Columbia more than six years ago, it was during this period that he began working on a remarkable constellation of constructions and interventions that has transformed one of the most lovely natural vistas in the Berkshires to something more. The author of some 40 books on philosophy, religion, and art, Taylor has attempted to combine his insights in these apparently diverse fields to create an experience in the landscape that defies easy characterization. Part visual soliloquy, part historical and textual reference, and perhaps most superficially described as "landscape art" or "art in the landscape," Taylor has created a work that is simultaneously stunningly direct and sensually complex. Its natural, spatial, analytical and temporal dimensions combine to perhaps surpass even his most brilliant and well reasoned texts it is capacity to draw the viewer/reader into a visceral and theoretical discourse at the very same moment. Recovering Place is about time, the ceaseless contemplation of which is at the root of all of Taylor's work. The originality of both his art and writing are drawn together in this beautifully elegant book, which will, without doubt, generate pilgrimages to "the Place."

One of our most important philosophers of culture, Taylor frames his poetic and passionate argument with a very personal reflection, not unlike Thoreau. Stone Hill, Taylor's Walden Pond, gives a visual identity to his important words. His poetic manifesto of place is a joy to read; its timely urgency is a gift to students in philosophy, art, architecture, and cultural criticism.--Steven Holl, architect

Taylor has created a work that is simultaneously stunningly direct and sensually complex. Its natural, spatial, analytical and temporal dimensions combine to perhaps surpass even his most brilliant and well reasoned texts in its capacity to draw the viewer/reader into a visceral and theoretical discourse at the very same moment. Recovering Place is about time, the ceaseless contemplation of which is at the root of all of Taylor's work. The originality of both his art and his writing are drawn together in this beautifully elegant book, which will, without doubt, generate pilgrimages to 'the Place.'--Thomas Krens, director emeritus, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York

Taylor is not limited by fields of research and study--he turns over ideas and regards objects and effects from all sides. His deep reading of philosophy, political theory, and sociology is combined with a unique understanding of art in its most elemental forms. He guides us in ways of seeing, experiencing, and receiving. In an increasingly fragmented and solipsistic world, Taylor encourages us to regard a sense of 'place' as a set of ethical and tangential contexts not limited by material potential for exploitation.--Liam Gillick, artist

Mark C. Taylor is a brilliant thinker who continually explodes the conventions of scholarship to create works of philosophical art and artistic philosophy. In Recovering Place, he has turned his fine mind and extraordinary eye to the place he knows best: Stone Hill. This series of meditations and photographs is at once a hymn to particularity--to these snow-covered berries, this dead raccoon, these yellow apples near a moss-covered stone--and a profound rumination on the myriad, proliferating meanings of being alive and mortal and of the earth--Siri Hustvedt, writer

Taylor engages--by modeling it in language as well as in earth and water--his readers' desire for an earthen transcendence.--Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of" God: A Biography"

Taylor engages--by modeling it in language as well as in earth and water--his readers' desire for an earthen transcendence.

--Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography

Taylor is not limited by fields of research and study--he turns over ideas and regards objects and effects from all sides. His deep reading of philosophy, political theory, and sociology is combined with a unique understanding of art in its most elemental forms. He guides us in ways of seeing, experiencing, and receiving. In an increasingly fragmented and solipsistic world, Taylor encourages us to regard a sense of 'place' as a set of ethical and tangential contexts not limited by material potential for exploitation.

--Liam Gillick, artist

Taylor is a true renaissance thinker, a synthesizer of high order. His new book is a deep pleasure to read, his beloved New England landscape informs his thinking as he lands one by one on each enlightened stone. Take this book to the nearest garden, sit on a rock and let the language, Taylor's ideas in language, take you to where you had not planned on going.

--Sophie Cabot Black, poet

Mark C. Taylor is a brilliant thinker who continually explodes the conventions of scholarship to create works of philosophical art and artistic philosophy. In Recovering Place, he has turned his fine mind and extraordinary eye to the place he knows best: Stone Hill. This series of meditations and photographs is at once a hymn to particularity--to these snow-covered berries, this dead raccoon, these yellow apples near a moss-covered stone--and a profound rumination on the myriad, proliferating meanings of being alive and mortal and of the earth

--Siri Hustvedt, writer

One of our most important philosophers of culture, Taylor frames his poetic and passionate argument with a very personal reflection, not unlike Thoreau. Stone Hill, Taylor's Walden Pond, gives a visual identity to his important words. His poetic manifesto of place is a joy to read; its timely urgency is a gift to students in philosophy, art, architecture, and cultural criticism.

--Steven Holl, architect

Taylor has created a work that is simultaneously stunningly direct and sensually complex. Its natural, spatial, analytical and temporal dimensions combine to perhaps surpass even his most brilliant and well reasoned texts in its capacity to draw the viewer/reader into a visceral and theoretical discourse at the very same moment. Recovering Place is about time, the ceaseless contemplation of which is at the root of all of Taylor's work. The originality of both his art and his writing are drawn together in this beautifully elegant book, which will, without doubt, generate pilgrimages to 'the Place.'

--Thomas Krens, director emeritus, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York

Taylor engages--by modeling it in language as well as in earth and water--his readers' desire for an earthen transcendence.--Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography

Taylor is not limited by fields of research and study--he turns over ideas and regards objects and effects from all sides. His deep reading of philosophy, political theory, and sociology is combined with a unique understanding of art in its most elemental forms. He guides us in ways of seeing, experiencing, and receiving. In an increasingly fragmented and solipsistic world, Taylor encourages us to regard a sense of 'place' as a set of ethical and tangential contexts not limited by material potential for exploitation.--Liam Gillick, artist

Taylor is a true renaissance thinker, a synthesizer of high order. His new book is a deep pleasure to read, his beloved New England landscape informs his thinking as he lands one by one on each enlightened stone. Take this book to the nearest garden, sit on a rock and let the language, Taylor's ideas in language, take you to where you had not planned on going.--Sophie Cabot Black, poet

Mark C. Taylor is a brilliant thinker who continually explodes the conventions of scholarship to create works of philosophical art and artistic philosophy. In Recovering Place, he has turned his fine mind and extraordinary eye to the place he knows best: Stone Hill. This series of meditations and photographs is at once a hymn to particularity--to these snow-covered berries, this dead raccoon, these yellow apples near a moss-covered stone--and a profound rumination on the myriad, proliferating meanings of being alive and mortal and of the earth--Siri Hustvedt, writer

One of our most important philosophers of culture, Taylor frames his poetic and passionate argument with a very personal reflection, not unlike Thoreau. Stone Hill, Taylor's Walden Pond, gives a visual identity to his important words. His poetic manifesto of place is a joy to read; its timely urgency is a gift to students in philosophy, art, architecture, and cultural criticism.--Steven Holl, architect

Taylor has created a work that is simultaneously stunningly direct and sensually complex. Its natural, spatial, analytical and temporal dimensions combine to perhaps surpass even his most brilliant and well reasoned texts in its capacity to draw the viewer/reader into a visceral and theoretical discourse at the very same moment. Recovering Place is about time, the ceaseless contemplation of which is at the root of all of Taylor's work. The originality of both his art and his writing are drawn together in this beautifully elegant book, which will, without doubt, generate pilgrimages to 'the Place.'--Thomas Krens, director emeritus, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York

About the Author:

Mark C. Taylor is professor of religion and chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including, most recently, After God; Field Notes from Elsewhere: Reflections on Dying and Living; Refiguring the Spiritual: Beuys, Barney, Turrell, Goldsworthy; and Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo.

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