Click here for the table of contents (second post) to the Round and Square series "Longevity Mountain."
Longevity Mountain 1 Longevity Mountain 2 Longevity Mountain 3 Longevity Mountain 4
Longevity Mountain 5 Longevity Mountain 6 Longevity Mountain 7 Longevity Mountain 8
Longevity Mountain 9 Longevity Mountain 10 Longevity Mountain 11 Longevity Mountain 12
|[a] High and far RL|
One volume is planned for each mountain, beginning with the southern peak, Mt. Heng, in Hunan province. The reasoning behind this choice of a starting place took me months to develop, but suffice it to say that these books will take the reader up and down each of the five sacred (sometimes called "Daoist") mountains and around the lunar calendar in an exploration of Chinese life and culture. As an introduction to the series, I have included an introduction that is based on a recent book proposal and a full "sample" table of contents. These are followed by nine "scenes" from Longevity Mountain that are meant to give readers a sense of the project as a whole. Photographs used in this series were taken during my travels, unless otherwise indicated. My photos are marked "RL."
|[b] Backtrack RL|
|[c] Useful RL|
|[d] Hiking RL|
—I get up at dawn and put things together. I open the stand at 7:00 and close down at about 5:00 in the afternoon.
—Water, orange juice, bean curd, and eggs.
|[e] Commerce RL|
Twenty-ninth Year, Spring
|[g] Path RL|
Stone Cold Poetic
Back down the ridge I go before I start back up a miniature path—wedging myself between tight rocks to find fifty hidden poetic gems in the Forest of Poetry.