Oh my god, you're absolutely right and I know that. That was a complete brain fart on my part.
Toni Morrison is not a known poet...but she is a Nobel Laureate novelist, essayist, and librettist.
See the Church of Scientology International's statement on this book at www.scientologynews.org/wrightbook.
Church of Scientology of San Francisco
Sounds excellent. I am going to have to read this now.
Yeah, that's about it.
I rarely respond to reviews, but this ill-conceived piece reads like something out of a high school newspaper. The reviewer, with her tin ear and flat prose, completely fails to apprehend the clever way Deurbrouck constructed her narrative, exploring the relationship between the two river men while building dramatic tension. Quite frankly,I have no idea what the introductory paragraph is about or what it aims to achieve, Deurbrouck's prose is spare as it should be when telling such a dramatic story. Indeed, this review reads like Cliff Notes.
Anything Worth Doing deserves far better treatment.
I picked this book up after I heard it won the National Outdoor Book Award. Apparently I enjoyed the read more than you did.
Wanted to let you know about a couple of errors in your review. The dory these guys adventured in was not metal. It was wooden, handmade by Reece. And while Reece did meet John A.K. Barker at an Idaho college, the book is about Reece and that guy's son, named Jon, who was taught to raft by Reece and grew up into his adventuring partner.
That wouldn't by chance be a racist remark, would it?
Obama's has a run down complex of fleas and rodents creating his kinds' of country ie: Oakland America
"So how did we become the only humans on Earth?"
You may want to read the book to find the answer, not just the jacket as William Kowinski did.
A good place to start is a 2009 National Geographic "The human family tree" Very good.
Ophul's book "Plato's Revenge: Politics in the Age of Ecology" should be understood as the third book in his trilogy that began with the publication of "Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity" (1977) and updated in 1992. The second book was "Requiem for Modern Politics: The Tragedy of the Enlightenment and the Challenge of the New Millennium". His first book was written in the same decade that saw the publication of "The Limits to Growth" by Dennis Meadows, et al. and "Environment Power and Society" by H.T. Odum and "The Entropy Law and the Economic Process" by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen. Twenty years latter "Requiem for Modern Politics" expounds on the moral bankruptcy of Enlightenment thinking and the failure economic liberalism. I think this book was his best effort and is worth reading more than once. It is a masterful work of scholarship. Fourteen years later "Plato's Revenge" picks up where "Requiem for Modern Politics" left off. Our survival on Earth will require a politics based on ecology and by understanding limits and exercising self-restraint. Unfortunately, it seems that we are pre-disposed to running into the "wall" of ecological limits at full speed, which will necessitate a significant die-off of human beings in this century. Perhaps after the collapse of industrial civilization the surviving humans will understand the importance of limits and embrace the principles of "small is beautiful" and live more appropriately on the Earth.
Just a small editing note. The quotation mark at the end of the piece should go after the final sentence. That is, though I happen to agree with the point, it's the author of the book who said "Let's hope our species is up to the challenge," not the reviewer.
Sutherland's eclectic but profound romp through the underwear drawers and drinks cabinets of folk unhappy enough to have been read by him should have been titled Sex Lives of the Novelists. One hopes that Sutherland's own biographer will more discreet.
Claeys isn't 'a Brit'. He's American.
Nice review. Drop me a line, please, to discuss taking some of these to the airwaves on KHSU's EcoNews Report.
Thanks for this review. Ophuls book was the best that I've read in a long time. I loved his "synthesis," as you say, of previous philosophers and thinkers. As a person normally bored by politics, he put into words what I feel is truth my root level.
Simplify. Instead, we are going the opposite direction.
Mr. Kowinski, thank you so much for this review. I look forward to reading the book. The question of how our society uses networks, or whether we are instead used by them, is a big one we can't afford to ignore. I recommend a recent talk on this topic by Jaron Lanier, not yet in print, but available online at http://edge.org/conversation/the-local-global-flip .
My Goodness. Did you think that ending was HAPPY? I don't want to spoil here for others that have not read the book but I think he cleverly disguised a very troubling turn for our society in an apparent happy ending setting. That's what I loved about the ending so much.
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