Monthly Archives: October 2011

Liberty Hyde Bailey: The background spaces.—The ancestral sea

[More from The Holy Earth by L. H. Bailey.  Keep in mind that in 1914, when Bailey wrote these words, man’s wherewithal to despoil the sea was nonexistent.  Of course, this is no longer the case.  A recent, and excellent, book on this … Continue reading

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Liberty Hyde Bailey: The background spaces.—The open fields

[Another chapter from The Holy Earth, by L. H. Bailey.] Here not long ago was the forest primeval.  Here the trees sprouted, and grew their centuries, and returned to the earth.  Here the midsummer brook ran all day long from … Continue reading

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Liberty Hyde Bailey: The background spaces.—The forest

[It is an exciting, but humbling, experience to discover a man as talented and productive as Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954).  A recent exhibit on his life was not exaggerating when it described him as “Botanist, horticulturalist, plant breeder, traveler and plant explorer, outstanding teacher, astute and successful … Continue reading

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Dissent by Durr: The conscience of an American lawyer

Although I recently posted his photo here on the right-hand side of my blog, I have not yet mentioned Clifford Judkins Durr (1899-1975) in any of my posts, and it’s past time I did.  Both he and his wife, Virginia Foster Durr (1903-1999), are heroes of mine … Continue reading

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The network of global corporate control

The title of this post is taken from a recent paper by three complex systems theorists from ETH Zurich: Stefania Vitali, James B. Glattfelder, and Stefano Battiston.  I learned of this paper from a Twitter post by Glenn Greenwald that linked … Continue reading

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And justice for all?

I wonder how many Americans who rightly celebrated yesterday Amanda Knox’s release from an Italian jail – in a long-delayed act of justice – will spare a thought today for those detainees who are unjustly accused, denied a trial, and … Continue reading

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Resurrection of the larch

A profound meditation by a great Russian writer and Gulag survivor, Varlam Shalamov, can be read here.  Sarah J. Young translated it, and her comments can be read here.

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