Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science & Nature

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Всего страниц: 350
“Lively writing about science and nature depends less on the offering of good answers, I think, than on the offering of good questions,” said David Quammen in the original introduction to Natural Acts. For more than two decades, he has stuck to that credo. In this updated version of his first essay collection, Quammen's lively curiosity leads him from New Mexico to Romania, from the Congo to the Amazon, asking questions about mosquitoes (what are their redeeming merits?), dinosaurs (how did they change the life of a dyslexic Vietnam vet?), and cloning (can it save endangered species?).This expanded edition returns to print Quammen's best-loved “Natural Acts” columns, which first appeared in Outside magazine in the early 1980s, and includes recent pieces such as “Planet of Weeds,” an influential Harper's cover story. The new Natural Acts is an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work.
 

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If you'd rather have your "news of the weird" buried under a pile of forced and mixed metaphors, this is your guy. Just awful writing, the painful attempts to include literary references make it worse still. Читать весь отзыв

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This author has a style that, at his best, is a cross between Stephen J. Gould and Edward Abbey. The problem is, while the book started out very promising, with the most enjoyable writing I've read ... Читать весь отзыв

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An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles 1985
7
ALL GODS VERMIN
10
Sympathy for the Devil 1981
10
Has Success Spoiled the Crow? 1983
11
The Widow Knows 1982
16
The Troubled Gaze of the Octopus 1984
21
Avatars of the Soul in Malaya 1984
27
Rumors of a Snake 1984
32
A Deathly Chill 1983
91
Is Sex Necessary? 1982
97
Desert Sanitaire 1983
103
Jeremy Bentham the Pietà and a Precious Few Grayling 1982
110
Yin and Yang in the Tularosa Basin 1985
124
AFTER THOUGHTS
139
Planet of Weeds 1998
141
The River Jumps Over the Mountain 2002
169

Wool of Bat 1982
38
PROPHETS AND PARIAHS
43
The Excavation of Jack Horner 1984
45
The Lives of Eugène Marais 1981
56
The Man with the Metal Nose 1983
63
Animal Rights and Beyond 1984
69
Alias Benowitz Shoe Repair 1983
75
The Tree People 1984
78
ELOQUENT PRACTICES NATURAL ACTS
83
Loves Martyrs 1983
85
The PostCommunist Wolf 2000
182
The Megatransect 20002001
200
A Passion for Order 2007
251
Citizen Wiley 2006
261
Clone Your Troubles Away 2005
266
Authors Note
291
Partial Sources
293
Index
309
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