You know, it is no wonder that I can’t seem to whittle down the books on my reading table or read any of the books on my “priority” library list. A week or two ago I came across a mention of Edward O. Wilson’s new book, Half-Earth, and immediately requested it. Books have a way of jumping the queue and can I get mad at them for it? Of course not! Because the queue jumpers always look so good.
I started reading Wilson’s book right away because there are requests for it and I will not be able to renew it. Have you heard about the book? It is about climate change and species diversity. It is the third book in a trilogy, the first two books being The Social Conquest of Earth and The Meaning of Human Existence. I have read neither of them but I don’t think you have to, they are their own separate studies. But I get the feeling they lead up to this book and the radical proposal Wilson argues for:
I propose that only by committing half the planet’s surface to nature can we hope to save the immensity of life-forms that compose it… The Half-Earth proposal offers a first, emergency solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: I am convinced that only by setting aside half the planet in reserve, or more, can we save the living part of the environment and achieve the stabilization required for our own survival.
How’s that for bold thinking?
I have not gotten far, but at the moment it is a depressing outline of the extinction of one species after another. I think if Bookman hadn’t suggested turning off the light when he did last night, I would have burst into sobs from reading about rhinos.
I almost had another queue jumper but instead of clicking request I managed to divert the mouse to the “add to list” button. I read a review of The Lady with the Borzoi in the New York Review of Books. Have you heard of it? It is biography of Blanche Knopf who co-founded the press with her husband Alfred. Sadly, as things go, she did not get credit for all of her work even though she was the literary genius/editor behind all the big books they published and Alfred was the business/money guy. I’m not sure how long I will be able to hold off from requesting this one, but for now it waits on my priority list.
I did finally give in though and request the first volume of Saga. I know many people love this and Danielle started reading it and is liking it and well, I had a FOMO moment. I’ll have it from the library next week and plan to love it but will try to not binge on it. We’ll see if I manage to succeed.
It’s a good thing I have a three-day holiday weekend ahead of me! It is supposed to be alternately warm and stormy. I am hoping to get in a long bike ride to prepare for my upcoming 100-mile/161 km gravel race in June. Bookman and I will also finish building the green roof on the chicken coop and get that planted as well as finish planting seeds in the vegetable garden. During the rainy bits and resting bits I hope to get some good reading time in.