In The Quiet Extinction; Stories of North America’s Rare and Threatened Plants, Kara Rogers appears to be picking up where she left off in Out of Nature in bringing to light the precarious existence of a number of plant species throughout the continent that are – as the title so poignantly states – quietly slipping out of existence.
For the whole of the recorded history of our species – and quite likely much longer than that – humans have looked to the plant kingdom for relief from their pains, illnesses, and injuries, insight into their metaphysical conundrums, and inspiration for their reveries. Leaving the latter two of these categories aside for the present […]
Kara Rogers‘ new book Out of Nature; Why Drugs from Plants Matter to the Future of Humanity instantly went to the top of my “to read” short list the moment I finished reading the press release about it from the University of Arizona Press. After all, the combination of botany and ecology with the all-too-pressing but seldom […]