The other day, my Twitter feed told me that I should download and listen to a podcast with which I was unfamiliar. As I have spent quite a lot of time and effort curating my Twitter feed so that it provides me with useful information, I took it’s advice and downloaded the most recent episode of “The Naturalist Podcast.”
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.”
The 2015 National Book Award Nonfiction Longlist contains two books classifiable as natural history: Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett and The Soul of an Octopus; A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery.
Curiously, neither of these books was on my radar as no review copies ever arrived. Thus I am uncertain as to which I would prefer to see ultimately chosen as the winner.