Rachel Carson’s Nature Writing On the Sea

Under the Sea Wind and The Sea Around Us, by Rachel Carson  The island lay in shadows only a little deeper than those that were swiftly stealing across the sound from the east. On its western shore the wet sand of the narrow beach caught the same reflection of palely gleaming sky that laid a... Continue Reading →

Into the Underworlds

Book review: Underland, by Robert Macfarlane (Amazon / Book Depository) What happened here? The mouth of the chasm says nothing. The trees say nothing. Leaning over the edge of the sinkhole, I can see only darkness beneath me. British author Robert Macfarlane's Underland is a difficult book to describe or do justice to. It's more of a... Continue Reading →

From the Did-Not-Finish Files

I've been abandoning books left and right this year. Maybe my patience is getting thinner or my attention span shorter. Or maybe I'm always getting better at knowing if I'll like something and what topics or style issues will put me off a book. I hope it's the latter. Most of the books I abandoned... Continue Reading →

The Strange and Sad History of Humans and Orcas

Book review: Orca, by Jason Colby (Amazon - Book Depository) Author Jason Colby's father was one of the last orca hunters in Washington state, capturing the apex predator from its natural habitat to fill orders for aquariums worldwide. Colby writes this detailed, descriptive but very readable history of human-orca interactions from a place of lifelong... Continue Reading →

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