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9 — “The Lichens of Petersham,” by Anne Pringle

  • Basic premise: lichens are worlds; lichens complicate our ideas of aging and senescence; lichens also complicate our notion of “nature,” given that the lichens in Petersham, MA have a particular affinity for tombstones. (The article doesn’t go into this but there are interesting affective relationships between the lichens and the drowned towns under the Quabbin.)