Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies

Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies By Ginger Strand, Inventing Niagara Beauty Power and Lies Americans call Niagara Falls a natural wonder but the falls aren t very natural any In fact they are a study in artifice Water diverted riverbed reshaped brink stabilized and landscape redesigned
  • Title: Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies
  • Author: Ginger Strand
  • ISBN: 9781435679818
  • Page: 415
  • Format: ebook
  • Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies By Ginger Strand, Americans call Niagara Falls a natural wonder, but the falls aren t very natural any In fact, they are a study in artifice Water diverted, riverbed reshaped, brink stabilized, and landscape redesigned, the falls are a monument to man s meddling than to nature s strength Held up as an example of something real, they are hemmed in with fakery waxworks, haunted hAmericans call Niagara Falls a natural wonder, but the falls aren t very natural any In fact, they are a study in artifice Water diverted, riverbed reshaped, brink stabilized, and landscape redesigned, the falls are a monument to man s meddling than to nature s strength Held up as an example of something real, they are hemmed in with fakery waxworks, haunted houses, IMAX films, and ersatz Indian tales A symbol of American manifest destiny, they are shared politely with Canada Emblematic of nature s power, they are completely human controlled An archetype of natural beauty, the falls belie an ugly environmental legacy still bubbling up from below On every level, Niagara Falls is a monument to how America falsifies nature, reshaping its contours and redirecting its force while claiming to submit to its will Combining history, reportage, and personal narrative, Inventing Niagara traces Niagara s journey from sublime icon to engineering marvel to camp spectacle Along the way, Ginger Strand uncovers the hidden history of America s waterfall the Mohawk chief who wrested the falls from his adopted tribe, the revered town father who secretly assisted slave catchers, the wartime workers who unknowingly helped build the atomic bomb, and the building contractor who bought and sold a pharaoh With an uncanny ability to zero in on the buried truth, Strand introduces us to underwater dams, freaks of nature, mythical maidens, and 280,000 radioactive mice buried at Niagara From LaSalle to Lincoln to Los Alamos, Mohawks to Marilyn, Niagara s story is America s story, a tale of dreams founded on the mastery of nature At a time of increasing environmental crisis, Inventing Niagara shows us how understanding the cultural history of nature might help us to rethink our place in it today.
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      Ginger Strand is an American essayist, novelist, environmental writer, and historian Her 2005 debut novel Flight was adapted from several of her short stories Her published books of non fiction include Inventing Niagara Beauty, Power, and Lies in May 2008 and Killer on the Road Violence and the American Interstate in 2012.Ginger Strand grew up mostly on a farm in Michigan Her family moved often while her father served in the Air National Guard Throughout her childhood, she lived in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan Her father later worked as a commercial airline pilot for TWA for 35 years Strand is a 1992 graduate from Princeton University She has a daughter and lives in New York City She teaches environmental criticism at Fordham University, and teaches writing at the 92nd Street Y.Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Believer, Harper s, The Iowa Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Carolina Quarterly Strand has received residency grants from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the American Antiquarian Society, as well as a Tennessee Williams scholarship in fiction from the Sewanee Writers Conference She is a contributing editor at Orion Strand is also a former fellow in the Behrman Center for the Humanities at Princeton University.Strand is also an environmental writer She has been critical of Google s environmental policies In a November 2006 New York Times story, she talks about her personal difficulty in being eco conscious.She lists her obsessions as water, ancient Rome, infrastructure, SuperFund, airplanes, silent film, panopticons, P T Barnum, photography, lies, the 1930s, Niagara Falls, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, Edward Wormley, consumerism and rhinoceroses, especially one named Clara who lived in the 18th century from

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