Literature: Best Science and Nature 2008

2008-best-science-natureTitle: The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008 // Editor: Jerome Groopman //Publisher: Houghton Mifflin // Date: October 2008 // p. 352

Nature and science buffs, I promise you’ll find something you love about this essay collection. The best of the best, The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008 lives up to the promise of its title while entertaining readers and posing important questions about the environment, technology, and the future of the planet (in a nutshell, that’s basically it).

The essay I keep thinking about is the book’s final essay, Florence Williams’ “A Mighty Wind.” Originally published in Outside magazine, the essay focuses on the “eco-wonderland” of Samsø, Denmark. This tiny island is the most carbon negative settlement on earth, and Williams’ essay about it read like a celebration of all that is beautiful when communities are united by a common goal. The people of Samsø use enough wind, solar, biofuel and other renewable technologies to sustain themselves completely—and they generate enough excess to share with others. I’ve been thinking about ways to have a more eco-friendly home and office, and this essay expanded my ideas immensely by exposing a future possibility that is also present right here, right now, somewhere on the globe. To read the entire essay, as it appeared in Outside, click here.

And…if you’d like to read my longer, more formal-type review of The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008, here you go:

The Best American Series is known to corral some of the year’s most exciting writing into a single volume full of rich voices and unique style. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008 lives up to this standard with innovative reportage that spans the subjects of biotechnology, linguistics, zoology, and cosmology, among othersclick here to continue reading

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