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A physicist friend of mine recently lent me a copy of Harry Frankfurt’s “On Bullshit“, which purports to be the only ever philosophical analysis of “bullshit”. This former essay turned teeny tiny hardback book reaches such profound conclusions as: 1) bullshit is sort of like humbug, only more excremental; 2) bullshit is worse than lying,…

Halfway there. This one first ran earlier this year, back in February. I was actually preparing for an interview, sitting in a bed and breakfast when I posted it, as I recall, which in retrospect makes it yet more meaningful to me. It was snowing, picturesque, comforting. Now a memory.

Does Science Equal Progress?

Instead of me answering that, I wondered instead how other people have argued about the question. To be more specific, since I am interested in the role of scientific practice for defining the land, I wondered how people argued about whether or not science was better for agriculture. I wrote a book about it. It’s…

Tim LeCain, a professor at Montana State (in Bozeman) and a talented scholar in environmental history and the history of technology (“envirotech“), has just published Mass Destruction: The Men and Giant Mines that Wired America and Scarred the Planet. Although I’ve not read it yet, I’m familiar with LeCain’s work in general (having read prior…

Alas, I have a book cover to share for Notes from the Ground! I’m pleased with it. I was even brought to use an exclamation point just there. It happens, I know it, it happens, people judge these things by their covers. I don’t say so to be cutesy or play the cliche. I’m just…

The Morning News’s Fifth Annual Tournament of Books, real March madness, is a true highlight of the near-Spring calendar. I’m told there is some other tournament this month, also capitalizing on the month “March” in its title. We’ll have to look into that. This TMN tourney has thus far seen four colossal upsets. In one…

(Given it being a big week for Darwin and all, I thought it would be kind of cool to repost this post from 07) Not counting Shouts and Murmurs email queries, I’ve sent pieces to the New Yorker proper on three occasions, the last of which just a few months ago. What I’ve noticed is…

Urban and Industrial Environments

MIT Press publishes a series called Urban and Industrial Environments. Several of the “author-meets-blogger” books were from that series. The main editor is Robert Gottlieb of Occidental College out in California. I was just made aware of a blog for his Urban & Environmental Policy Institute there, where one can find notices of new books,…

An advertisement from Frank Scott’s company (as reprinted in Ted Steinberg’s American Green). Talk about religion and nature–Scott thought it was un-christian not to keep a manicured lawn. Our lawn finally came in this year after three years in this house. We hadn’t put much of an effort into it, I’ll admit, though the original…

Love is a Mixed Tape

It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a book this much. That’s all.