March 19, 1989 |
Circling crows appear like smudges on the pale winter sky, occasionally swooping to peck at frozen road-kill. The last few miles on Highway 15 from Helena to the Butte stockyards are harsh and not that pretty. At the yard, Ralph Beer struggles against a 1,200-pound cow and the cold wind until the animal is finally in the auction stall. Then Beer lights a cigarette, perches on a rickety fence gate and muses on the state of literature in Montana.
June 24, 1988 |
The Flight of the Iguana: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature by David Quammen (Delacorte Press: $17.95; 302 pages) A couple of months ago in this space I commented favorably on "The Man With No Endorphins" by James Gorman, a collection of funny, off-beat articles about science that had originally appeared in Discover magazine.
July 23, 1989
Hats off to Peter S. Greenberg, who in his July 8 article, "How Tourism and the Environment Are Colliding," hinted at the self-contradictions of the tourism industry. The article makes clear that too much of a good thing isn't. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the case of tourism. Tourism is a vital part of the economy for both developing and industrialized countries. However, sometimes the country and visitors to it suffer as a result of too much promotion.
April 21, 2000 |
On an Amazon expedition described in a charming essay in "The Boilerplate Rhino," David Quammen, along with a tropical biologist and a foundation executive, is sitting naked in an outdoor bathing place at dusk. Darkness falls, as it does near the Equator, with, as Quammen says, a "whump." And then, suddenly: "A large glob of orange light comes zigzagging through the trees. It moves slowly, flying a gracefully sinuous path, as though under command of Steven Spielberg.