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The last nature essay? 

Too often nature writing feels concocted in a laboratory: antiseptic, carefully controlled, and obsessed with technology. A wonderful counterexample this week comes from Gary Ferguson in the Los Angeles Times.

I was drawn in by the specificity of the descriptions, especially the smells. I was pulled along by the richness of the metaphor. And then of course there's the depth of feeling to the piece: this is no mere walk in the woods.

Ready for the irony? The newspaper has decided it doesn't want to publish anything more like this.

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