I’m super excited to announce that tomorrow, The Tangled Nest will be honored by a stop from David B. Williams on the “virtual book tour” for his new book, Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology. David is a brilliant geologist, an original thinker, a terrific writer, and the author of one of my favorite books, The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist. He’s also a friend and kindred spirit, working to find and share the beauty of the wild, natural world in everyday life, even from an urban setting. His knowledge of the stories that inhere in urban stone buildings has changed the way I walk through my city (I’m suddenly surrounded by fossils, and rock formations, millions of years old…) Tune in tomorrow–we’re in for a treat.
David blogs at Stories in Stone: The Interfingering Between People and Rock (I was slightly alarmed by the word “interfingering,” but David assures me that this is a perfectly academic geological term), and the complete schedule for his virtual book tour can be found there.
I am glad you approve of the word interfingering. If you are interested, another fine term that means the same thing is intercalate. Calate shares a heritage with the Latin for calendar and call, in connection with the “calling in of accounts on the first day of the month,” or so writes Michael Welland on his blog Through the Sandglass. When we insert an extra date into a month, as in February, we are intercalating.
Thanks David. Yes, intercalate is a fine word, and I am plotting to find a use for it. Still, it’s different from “interfingering,” which sounds like something I shouldn’t mention in front of my mother.
Looking forward to this. I loved the The Seattle Street Smart Naturalist.
I agree about mentioning said word in front of parents, unless they happen to be geogeeks, too.
Good luck with using intercalate.
I am so glad you liked Street-Smart. It was a very fun book to write.
David, I’m looking forward to your contribution and glad that Lyanda’s giving you the space, or pixels, or…
David, I approve the use of “interfingering,” and will not be embarrased if you use it in front of our friends,
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