The View from Lazy Point
A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
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|Format: ||Hardback, 416 pages|
|Other Information: ||35 b/w illustrations, 8 maps|
|Published In: ||United States, 03 January 2011|
Beginning in his kayak in his home waters of eastern Long Island, Carl Safina's "The View from Lazy Point" takes us through the four seasons to the four points of the compass, from the high Arctic south to Antarctica, across the warm belly of the tropics from the Caribbean to the west Pacific, then home again. We meet Eskimos whose way of life is melting away, explore a secret global seed vault hidden above the Arctic Circle, investigate dilemmas facing foraging bears and breeding penguins, and sail to formerly devastated reefs that are resurrecting as fish graze the corals algae-free. 'Each time science tightens a coil in the slack of our understanding', Safina writes, 'it elaborates its fundamental discovery: connection'. He shows how problems of the environment drive very real matters of human justice, wellbeing, and our prospects for peace. In Safina's hands, nature's continuous renewal points toward our future. His lively stories grant new insights into how our world is changing, and what our response ought to be.
About the Author
Carl Safina, author of "The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World," "Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur," "Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival," "Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas," and founder of the Blue Ocean Institute, was named by the Audubon Society one of the leading conservationists of the twentieth century. He's been profiled by "The New York Times," and PBS's Bill Moyers. His books and articles have won him a Pew Fellowship, Guggenheim Award, Lannan Literary Award, John Burroughs Medal, and a MacArthur Prize. He lives in Amagansett, New York.
Winner of the 2012 Orion Book Award"Safina's book soars, adding his voice to a small chorus that includes the poet Mary Oliver and the environmentalist David W. Orr.... I had to--and wanted to--read "The View from Lazy Point "very slowly, allowing myself to digest its wealth of information, to revel in the beauty of Safina's writing and to absorb fully the implications of his musings.... What a pleasure it isto be asked to stop rushing about and take time to think, to grapple with fundamental questions, and to find such an enlightening, provocative companion for walking and talking--and reading. We can ask no more from those who warn about dark days ahead than that they also awaken us to the miracle of everyday life as they try to illuminate a better path forward."--Dominique Browning, "The New York Times Book Review""With the spiral of a year as his structure and with what Einstein termed the 'circle of compassion' as his moral compass, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow Safina illuminates the wondrous intricacy and interconnectedness of life in a book of beautifully modulated patterns and gracefully stated imperatives. Safina's exacting descriptions of coral reefs and polar bears, the acidification of the oceans, and melting glaciers are matched by bold observations regarding the consequences of our failure to incorporate knowledge of how nature, the original network, actually works into our now dangerously inadequate economic systems and social institutions.... Safina argues that we must renew the social contract, free ourselves from the politics of greed, and embrace the facts about the still thriving yet endangered, immeasurably precious living world."--Donna Seaman, "Booklist" (Starred Review)"Not so much a polemic against anthropogenic climate change as an impression of a world in flux, a lament about the damage caused by overexploitation, pollution and flawed economics, and a call to arms in the cause of hope.... Mr. Safina's writing moves easily fr
|Publisher: ||Henry Holt & Company Inc|
|Dimensions: ||23.98 x 16.71 x 3.43 centimetres (0.59 kg)|