Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado contains some of the most notable archaeological sites in the country, with some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the world. In a new book, Sushi in Cortez: Interdisciplinary Essays on Mesa Verde, an interdisciplinary group of academics, artists and cultural observers explores this diverse landscape and heritage by combining and sharing the differing perspectives provided by various disciplines. David Taylor, a visiting assistant professor in the Sustainability Studies Program at Stony Brook University, co-edited and contributed to this collection of essays.
Sushi in Cortez uses poetry, film, environmental philosophy, nature photography, native Pueblo perspectives and archaeology to address the common questions people ask about the value of their work and lives, as well as the value of visiting ancient sites such as Mesa Verde. The authors share personal stories about the difficulties, joys, confusions and epiphanies they experienced as they crossed the boundaries of their professional lives and discovered how incomplete any single rendition of place can be.
“I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the joys and the challenges of truly interdisciplinary work. Sushi in Cortez is creative, provocative and wise. It deserves a wide readership among all who care about conversations across intellectual, professional and personal walls.” — David George Haskell, author of the Pulitzer finalist, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch In Nature, and Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at The University of the South
David Taylor’s writing crosses disciplinary boundaries and genres — poetry, creative non-fiction, scholarship and science/technical writing — with a concern for environmental sustainability and community always at the core of his work. His publications include Praying Up the Sun, The Log from The Sea of Cortez: A Poem Series and Lawson’s Fork: Headwaters to the Confluence.