One of the unfortunate aspects of articles and books about planning, natural resource management, design, public adminstration and so forth is that the writers are knowledgeable about their subject but the writing is dull, or unimaginative, or academic, or just bad. These writers give us valuable ideas or information, but there is no art to it. There is no fire. No inspiration.
I read them to learn, but not to be inspired.
When I want to be inspired and better motivated to do my profession, I turn to writers who do not write about planning. They write about the land. They write about the water. They speak for the trees because the trees have no tongues (Dr. Seuss).
I read Wallace Stegner. I read Aldo Leopold. I read Wendell Berry. I especially read John McPhee.
Do any of you have favorite non-planner writers who help fuel your planning fire?