December 7, 2012 |
Nature Wars The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds Jim Sterba Crown, 368 pp., $26 The nature-challenged reader will discover many new and startling facts in Jim Sterba's new book. Among them all one stands out: Not only are America's Eastern forests roaring back to life, they've been doing so for more than a century. Sterba, a veteran reporter for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, literally stumbles onto this truth one day amid the majestic trees of Maine's Acadia National Park.
February 6, 2011 |
The View from Lazy Point A Natural Year in an Unnatural World Carl Safina Henry Holt: 416 pp., $30 "The View from Lazy Point" is a naturalist's notebook, a record of a year at Carl Safina's home on the Sound side of eastern Long Island, north of Amagansett and south of Montauk. Safina, a marine ecologist and environmental activist, has often been compared with Rachel Carson ? an "ecologist with the soul of a poet," wrote Richard Ellis in these pages. He has written five books and won many awards for his work and his writing, including Pew, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships.
November 27, 2010 |
The physicists, biologists and engineers were huddled around every available bar-height table in the Long Beach Convention Center, covering their tiny surfaces with laptops and notebooks. Posters in long, military rows showcased their efforts: An analysis of the movement of milk in English tea, a report on the stripes of gas across Jupiter. In a hotel next door, Aryesh Mukherjee, a physics graduate student at Harvard University, was explaining how he built, with the help of rubber glove-like material, a synthetic voice box that could imitate a range of birdsongs.
September 6, 2010 |
The Cat in the Hat is back — again — with his red bow tie and rave-ready stripey soft topper. This time he comes not, as he did in the first book to bear his name, only to make "fun that is funny" but rather in the name of science: "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That," an American-Canadian-British co-production beginning Monday on PBS, designed to teach the wonders of the natural world to preschoolers lulled into believing they...
July 2, 2010 |
To his two Pulitzer Prizes and his National Book Award, poet W.S. Merwin can add one more prize: United States poet laureate. The Library of Congress announced Thursday that the much-lauded poet will follow Kay Ryan as the nation's 17th laureate. Although the post comes with an annual salary of $35,000, it has no formal requirements, but it is presumed to bring poetry more to the forefront in American culture. "I always shied away from commitments to Washington — I like living in Hawaii," said Merwin, 82, from his home on Maui.
May 28, 2010 |
The oil spill disaster off the coast of my home state of Louisiana is stark evidence that humans have an awesome power to change the natural landscape, often for the worse. But landscapes also have the power to change us, as John James Audubon was reminded when he arrived in Louisiana in 1821. In Louisiana, Audubon encountered a biblical abundance of wildlife that transformed him and his bird art, enlarging his sense of possibility and refining his genius as an observer of the natural world.