Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature
"David Quammen is simply the best natural essayist working today."--Tim Cahill, author of Lost in My Own Backyard"Lively writing about science and nature depends less on the offering of good answers, I ... show more
"David Quammen is simply the best natural essayist working today."--Tim Cahill, author of Lost in My Own Backyard"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 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 revised and expanded edition 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 new Natural Acts is an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work. Song lyrics have been redacted from this ebook owing to permissions issues.
Publish date: March 1st 1996
Publisher: Avon Books
Pages no: 221
Edition language: English
, Natural History
, Science Nature
David Quammen has a way with words – his writing uses just the perfect words to enliven the reading experience without burdening it. The essays in this book do not have any thrillingly huge new ideas, just a constant stream of small ones illuminated by Quammen’s point of view. The chapter on Arctic ...
Memorable Scene:- Dinner scene > foreplay from start to finish, HOT! Quick & Dirty-review:Hero:His name is Tom and that’s all I can tell you without spoiling the story. Heroine:Beth Martin. A capable and professional woman who has a passionate side to her that’s waiting to be sparked by the right ma...
Octopus-wrestling, vampire moths, and disaffected crows - oh my! I like David Quammen. More to the point, I want to be David Quammen. Back in the early 1980's, with neither scientific nor journalistic background, he stumbled into a sweet gig writing about the natural world for Outside Magazine, and ...