Episode: The Social Network of Forests

Have a listen – Chad “Foresters once regarded trees as solitary individuals: They competed for space and resources, but were otherwise indifferent to one another. The work of the Canadian ecologist Suzanne Simard upended that. She found that while there is indeed conflict in a forest, there is also negotiation, reciprocity and even selflessness.” “Ms.Continue reading “Episode: The Social Network of Forests”

Short Film: Beavers Without Borders (2020)

From EcoHustler: Britain’s beavers could be major allies in tackling the climate and extinction crises – but without more public and government support face a fragile future, says Beaver Trust as it launches a new documentary film exploring the country’s relationship with the endangered but controversial species. The charity’s short film, Beavers Without Borders, explores the benefitsContinue reading “Short Film: Beavers Without Borders (2020)”

Review: Bartlett’s Shakespeare Quotations

From the publisher: “From the quote afficionado to the historical researcher, fans of Bartlett’s will be thrilled to see this edition of quotations from the great William Shakespeare. Collecting quotes from his many works into one beautiful volume, Bartlett’s Shakespeare Quotations is essential as a reference tool and makes for some wonderful browsing. Quotes culledContinue reading “Review: Bartlett’s Shakespeare Quotations”

Reading The Classics For Six Months During Covid-19

Since lockdown began I took up the task of reading books I had neglected. I also chose to read books I had enjoyed in the past, and finally got around to a number of classical texts by Epictetus, Plato, Socrates, Thucydides, Aurelius and Pericles. A number of these works were new to me and endedContinue reading “Reading The Classics For Six Months During Covid-19”

Must Read For 2020: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century By Barbara W. Tuchman

“A series of disasters, beginning with the Great Famine of 1315–17 and especially the Black Death of 1347-1351, reduced the population perhaps by half or more as the Medieval Warm Period came to a close and the first century of the Little Ice Age began. It took until 1500 for the European population to regainContinue reading “Must Read For 2020: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century By Barbara W. Tuchman”

Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

From the publisher: Oscar Wilde began writing this 13-chapter draft for Lippincott’s Magazine in 1889. Its pages showcase the writer’s tremendous craft, but also his self-censorship in the context of 19th century English homophobia. Basil Hallward’s use of the word “beauty” in reference to Dorian Gray is, for example, replaced by the softer “good looks”.Continue reading “Book Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray”

Book Review: Survey, Stephen Shore

From the Publisher: Stephen Shore: Survey elucidates Shore’s contributions, as well as the historiographical interpretations of his work that have influenced photographic culture over the past four decades. Both the exhibition and the narrative of the catalogue are conceptualized around three particularly revealing aspects of Shore’s work, including his analysis of photographic and visual language,Continue reading “Book Review: Survey, Stephen Shore”

Book Review: Capitalism In America

Capitalism In America: A History “From the legendary former Fed Chairman and the acclaimed Economist writer and historian, the full, epic story of America’s evolution from a small patchwork of threadbare colonies to the most powerful engine of wealth and innovation the world has ever seen” Greenspan and Wooldridge cover nearly every major economic eventContinue reading “Book Review: Capitalism In America”