Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:
Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters Changed Our World (2018), by journalist Andrea Barnet, is a fascinating read.
Rachel Carson (1907-1964) parlayed her curiosity and love for the outdoor, in particular the ocean into an important and lasting contribution to our study of the environment.
From a young age the sole support for a large and troubled family, she worked full-time and wrote at night. On the Outer Banks of North Carolina, she walked the beach alone, “watching the surge and fall of the tides, the shorebirds patter across the wet sand, the puffs of blown sea froth rolling like ‘thistledown’ along the sand.”
In Maine, she stood for hours in freezing cold Atlantic waters, studying and taking notes. She issued a clarion call about the danger of insecticides upon humans and plant life. She agonized, labored, and left us such classics, still studied today, as The Sea Around Us and Silent Spring. Jane Goodall, priestess of the chimps, needs no introduction.
READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.