Feeling the Heat: Temperature and Time Sensitive (Brook Hollow Press, 2016) is Russell Steven Powell’s multilayered response to the current revolutions in cyberspace and climate. In paintings, photographs, poems, and essays, Powell celebrates the natural world at the juncture of these two forces for change, and considers the costs.
Living Without Lawn: Rethinking the Front Yard (Brook Hollow Press, 2016) follows the evolution of a lifelong devotee of the crew-cut lawn to someone dedicated to a new aesthetic in which low-cropped grass plays an increasingly minor role. Author Russell Steven Powell’s shift in thinking began as a response to climate change, but quickly gained momentum as a way to add beauty and variety to the home landscape, promote physical fitness, and exercise the senses. Powell describes his five-year project to replace a wide swath of lawn in his front yard with a series of gardens, stonewalls, and sculpture — all without the use of gas-powered machines. He offers suggestions and opinions on dozens of annual and perennial plants based on more than 40 years of gardening in a variety of New England soils, and brings his experience as a visual artist to bear on issues of garden design.
My Interview with James Baldwin, Russell Steven Powell (Brook Hollow Press, 2016). In 1983, Russell Steven Powell, then 28, interviewed writer James Baldwin, 59, as Baldwin began teaching at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The interview touched on subjects ranging from writing and aging to technology, and most of all, to race. At the time, Baldwin was working on a book about the murders of 28 black American men, women, and children in Atlanta from 1979 to 1981. As America grapples with immigration and race relations in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, Baldwin’s words remain relevant, even prophetic, today.
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America’s Apple, by Russell Steven Powell, takes an in-depth look at how America’s favorite fruit is grown, packed, sold, and eaten. Includes chapters on heirloom apples, John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed), apple drinks, and the best way to cook with apples. America’s Apple has an illustrated index of 120 apple varieties grown in the United States, and nearly 50 four-color photographs from America’s orchards by Bar Lois Weeks. Hardcover $45.95; paperback (does not include photographic index) $19.95.
SHACK TIME is a 27-minute video documentary about the artist shacks in the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Chosen for the 2001 New England Film and Video Festival, Shack Time aired regionally on WGBH-TV in Boston. The program features rare photographs by Walker Evans and of Jack Kerouac typing in the dunes, interviews with several late shack owners, and Annie Dillard and Cynthia Huntington reading from their work. $14.95 (price includes shipping)
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NEW ENGLAND WATERSHED, a journal of art, culture, and ideas along the Connecticut River corridor, was named Best New Publication of 2006 by Utne Reader. Contributors in Watershed’s nine issues from 2006 and 2007 include poets Donald Hall and Maxine Kumin, illustrator Barry Moser, the late scientist Lynn Margulis, and food writer Michael Pollan. $12.95 per issue or $99.95 for the full set (price includes shipping).
A limited supply of back issues are available; for more information, including how to order, visit New England Watershed.