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.
May 16, 1996 |
David Quammen likes to write about "small, peculiar facts connected to large ideas." That's what he did in the science column he wrote for 15 years in Outside magazine. And that's what he's done in his new book, "The Song of the Dodo" (Scribner). This time, Quammen got the small, peculiar fact for it before he got the large idea. "About 10 years ago I read a newspaper story . . . about the extinction of native birds on the island of Guam," he said.