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  • Under the Sea Wind Critique

    Rachel Carson introduced herself as an ecologist and a writer through publication of “Undersea.” The article met with considerable success and she was encouraged to develop her ideas into a book-length work. The result was Under the Sea Wind, a… Read More ›

  • The Declining Line Will Rise Again

    G.W. Leibniz and Crossing the Threshold The heavy door creaked on its hinges.  A little boy gingerly pushed the door a bit further and peered into his father’s study.  Holding his breath, the boy squeezed through the narrow gap between… Read More ›

  • Return

    We travel full circle — a year, a generation of eels — to feel the rhythms of life syncopated by the rhythms of other species, then step back to observe the larger rhythms of the Earth itself. Read “Return” in… Read More ›

  • Seine Haul

    Carson takes us to the top of the food chain as we participate in the efforts of a fishing crew intent on netting a school of feeding mackerel. We go below to swim with the prey, only to discover a… Read More ›

  • Flood Tide

    Fly, swim, and stroll through the food web along the shores of the eastern seaboard as Carson takes us on a guided tour of the wildlife resident there—including Homo sapiens. Read “Flood Tide” in Under the Sea-Wind by Rachel Carson

  • A Sense of Wonder: Rachel Carson

    MOST OF US WALK UNSEEING THROUGH THE WORLD, UNAWARE ALIKE OF ITS BEAUTIES, ITS WONDERS, AND THE STRANGE AND SOMETIMES TERRIBLE INTENSITY OF THE LIVES THAT ARE BEING LIVED ABOUT US. — Rachel Carson (1907-1964) A sense of wonder held the… Read More ›

  • Edward Abbey’s Legacy — The Buzzard

    Edward Abbey is now remembered as a militant environmentalist, an environmental writer, even a nature writer, but that is most certainly not how he saw himself. In his mind he was only a writer. His sister Nancy, quoted by James… Read More ›

  • A Writer’s Credo

    Abbey lays out the foundation of his philosophy as a writer in this no-holds-barred exhortation to stand up and state your convictions — tell us what you really think. Credo is Latin for “I believe.” What follows is the writer’s… Read More ›

  • Eco-Defense

    In this, his strongest statement for the protection of wilderness through monkeywrenching, ecoterrorism or, as he calls it, eco-defense, Abbey abandons fiction and bigger than life characters to proclaim revolution in the woods. First he masterfully argues for the right… Read More ›