Tuesday, March 25, 2008

What's not to like?

For John Derbyshire, quite a lot in American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (review)

I disagree with Derbyshire about some fundamentals. He seems to have no idea about the gravity of anthropogenic climate change - an inexcusably foolish position in 2008; and will cede no good intention to socialism (the driving spirit of which is well caught by Norm Geras here) . But in some instances Derbyshire's anti-sentimentality is a useful corrective, and he has the wit to recognise some of the merits of the likes of Barry Lopez, Annie Dillard and E O Wilson, Ed Abbey and others.

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