What with all the recent discussions of, disputes over, and governmental decisions regarding, American wild areas being on the front pages of newspapers across the nation, the scholars who produce the BackStory podcast recently aired a rebroadcast of their deeply thought-provoking episode “Untrammeled; Americans and the Wilderness.”
Items of Interest Worth Remembering
In her cover-featured essay “The Origin of the Thesis” in the 14 December 2017 issue of the Times Literary Supplement, Clare Pettitt presents her thoughts about four recent books that take Charles Darwin as their respective subjects.
When it comes to Twentieth Century classics of natural history, J.A. Baker’s brilliant memoir The Peregrine usually features prominently on any list. However as widely read and influential as Baker’s writings have been, the story of his own life – owing to his very reclusive nature – has been little known. Little known, that is, until the recent publication by Little Toller books of Hetty Saunder’s new biography of Baker titled My House of Sky.
Not being much of a television viewer, I tend to miss most of what occurs in that medium – even things I might find interesting or useful. Just such an interesting and useful program was apparently aired on the public broadcasting series Nature back on 1 November with their feature on Helen MacDonald titled “H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter.”