Boilerplate Rhino Nature in the Eye of the Beholder

ISBN-10: 0743200322
ISBN-13: 9780743200325
Edition: 2001
Authors: David Quammen
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Description: In this selection of 26 essays about the relationship between humans and the natural world, David Quammen tackles topics such as rattlesnake handlers and rattlesnakes, eel mythology and living eels and arachnophobia and spiders.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 4/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

In this selection of 26 essays about the relationship between humans and the natural world, David Quammen tackles topics such as rattlesnake handlers and rattlesnakes, eel mythology and living eels and arachnophobia and spiders.

Writer David Quammen grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and was later educated at both Yale and Oxford Universities. Quammen began his career by writing for The Christian Science Monitor, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Audubon, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Harpers Magazines. He wrote the novels The Soul of Viktor Tronko and The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions, which won the 1997 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. He also received two National Magazine Awards for his column "Natural Acts" in Outside magazine.

Contents Introduction I. ROADKILL ON THE HIGHWAY OF TIME Rattlesnake Passion The Narcotic of Empire Hard Parts II. DUBIOUS CERTITUDES, DAUNTLESS THEORIES Certainty and Doubt in Baja Phobia and Philia Who Swims with the Tuna Tropical Passengers Spatula Theory The Great Stinking Clue The Dope on Eggs III. FLESH OR FOWL OR WHAT? The Cats That Fly by Themselves Local Bird Makes Good One Man's Meat Either or Neither IV. NEAR SIGHT Beast in the Mirror Palpating the Tumor Rethinking the Lawn Half-Blinded Poets and Birds Time-and-Motion Study V. TRICKS OF THE LIGHT The Boilerplate Rhino Limelight Gardening on Mars Impersonating Henry Thoreau God's Weakness for Beetles Limits of Vision Bibliography Index

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