A close look at any city park or green will typically reveal footprints that break away from paved walks, trails that countless pedestrians have worn into the grass. Such a trail is a desire path: the route people have chosen to take across an open place, making a human pattern upon the landscape. --Lan Samantha Chang, fiction writer and director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, in Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney.
View photos of desire paths on Flickr.
Listen to an NPR interview with Michael Collier, one of the contributors to Home Ground, and read excerpts from the book.