When Charles Bowden’s Killing the Hidden Waters was first published in 1977, the population of Arizona – the U.S. state in which he was then living and part of the region in which so much of his narrative takes place – was a little under two-and-a-half million people. In 2003, the year in which his new introduction “What I Learned Watching the Wells Go Down” was added to the fifth paperback printing of the book, the state’s population had risen to over five million. Most who read it thought it both inspired and brilliant, but according to his opening words in the new introduction, he “went wrong.”
The many ways in which Galápagos Islands are extraordinary is a subject that has been taken up by naturalists, novelists, and explorers for centuries. From Darwin and Melville to William Beebe to the Grants, various aspects of the islands’ geology, flora, and fauna have been chronicled, often with superb skill and profound insight, in different […]
Never before in the known history of the land now encompassed by the boundaries of the U.S. have there been so many White-tailed Deer roaming across the land; quite an ironic thing to state considering that little more than a century ago there were well-founded concerns that the species would become extinct.
An original Well-read Naturalist produced review of Spillover; Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen was published in the 21 October 2012 edition of The Oregonian newspaper and is now available for reading on Oregon Live, that newspaper’s website.