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The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World Carl Safina The View from Lazy Point A Natural Year in an Unnatural World An exhilarating journey of natural renewal through a year with MacArthur fellow Carl Safina Beginning in his kayak in his home waters of eastern Long Island Carl Safina s The View from Lazy Point tak

  • Title: The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
  • Author: Carl Safina
  • ISBN: 9781250002716
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World Carl Safina An exhilarating journey of natural renewal through a year with MacArthur fellow Carl Safina Beginning in his kayak in his home waters of eastern Long Island, Carl Safina s The View from Lazy Point takes us through the four seasons to the four points of the compass, from the high Arctic south to Antarctica, across the warm belly of the tropics from the Caribbean to the westAn exhilarating journey of natural renewal through a year with MacArthur fellow Carl Safina Beginning in his kayak in his home waters of eastern Long Island, Carl Safina s The View from Lazy Point takes us through the four seasons to the four points of the compass, from the high Arctic south to Antarctica, across the warm belly of the tropics from the Caribbean to the west Pacific, then home again We meet Eskimos whose way of life is melting away, explore a secret global seed vault hidden above the Arctic Circle, investigate dilemmas facing foraging bears and breeding penguins, and sail to formerly devastated reefs that are resurrecting as fish graze the corals algae free Each time science tightens a coil in the slack of our understanding, Safina writes, it elaborates its fundamental discovery connection He shows how problems of the environment drive very real matters of human justice, well being, and our prospects for peace In Safina s hands, nature s continuous renewal points toward our future His lively stories grant new insights into how our world is changing, and what our response ought to be Editorial Reviews Carl Safina s ambitious new book, The View From Lazy Point, is a series of field reports entwined with a loving meditation on the interconnectedness of nature and humanity The story he tells is partly about a kind of heartbreak for a world that remains so vitally unaware of how imperiled it is But it s also about how, despite the gloomy reports, the world still sings Safina s account of a natural year in an unnatural world can be harrowing, but its impassioned, informed urgency is also filled with hope, joy and love.
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    1. This two star rant has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.Really Someone this August A Personage can afford a ghostwriter.

    2. An outstanding read with a good balance of the author s own lyrical, personal experience with the interconnectedness and beauty of nature and of thoughtful arguments of how humankind must act soon to change the course of its poor stewardship of planet Earth The book covers one year in which he alternates between sojourns in the environs of his residence near the tip of Long Island and trips to distant sites where human caused ecological changes are most profound The latter include coral reefs in [...]

    3. Heart wrenching, eye opening and exquisitely written Safina has been compared to many of the giants in the natural history world, but he s a better writer than the lot of em In this latest book, he waxes a bit philosophical than he s done before His philosophy fits my belief system like a glove, and his conclusions are breathtaking One trembles to think that we are on the razor s edge, that our window to ameliorate our planet s distress is closing rapidly and that if we don t do it, it will be [...]

    4. I loved, loved, loved this book so much I can t remember the last time something shook me so deeply and left me thinking about how I live and what I consume all the choices I make, and their costs Can t underline a library book so keeping a running tab of quotes here The compass of compassion asks not What is good for me but What is good Not what is best for me but what is best Not what is right for me but what is right Not How much can we take but How much ought we leave and How much might we g [...]

    5. A wonderful book, beautifully written Usually I read books of this nature and end up with a sense of dread and guilt not so here While Safina lays bare the problems that are facing us now and also those that are coming up quickly he also is diligent in noticing what is going right, and how well things respond when just a little care and restraint are given and practiced Probably the greatest thing I took from this book was something that shocks me public interest groups are forbidden by law from [...]

    6. hohkay, some will read this and give it the one star this is tripe rating, and some will give it the 5 star this is groundbreakingly wonderful rating I gave her a 4 because i learned a few things 1 in the summer, little eddies and whirlpools break off of the gulf stream and drift into long island sound and carry with them LOTS of teeny tiny tropical fish babies, and aquariums from all over go net them for their uses in aquarium worlds 2 there were over 100 different species of penguins one over [...]

    7. Mmm, exactly my kind of book A deeply intelligent and inspirational scientist takes the time to describe where he lives, on a spit of land where the sun rises and falls over the ocean, and then also describes his travels to other oceans and coasts, and merges the two together intensely and beautifully and sometimes heartbreakingly We see a year in his life, as well as year of the world s life, and nothing is beautiful, to watch the world grow and change nor is it important, to pay attention to [...]

    8. I learned of this book when my librarian spouse was engaged in a year long project of reading year of books an entire genre of books whose authors dedicated a year to a particular topic or practice This meta project involved reading two such books each month, and we shared a few of them Since I am an environmental geographer, she read this one to me.Around the same time, I was realizing that the textbook in my introductory environmental geography class was becoming a bit out of date, and in part [...]

    9. I picked this book up off the library shelf hoping a nature y book like it would turn me into an eco friendly person whoappreciated the planet s miraculousness I d always felt indebted towards the environment, but never had full motivation to do anything serious about it.This book was exactly the book I needed, and while it didn t make me suddenly passionate about nature, that s my high expectations fault than the book s To start, having each chapter one month out of the whole year was brillia [...]

    10. There was a bit too much infinite detail on fish and fishing and sea creatures and types of ducks for me, but in between, what an amazing and articulate look at how we are and are not affecting the natural world around us This guy can write.

    11. This book is amazing It speaks to you on a intellectual and an emotional level Beautifully written, it comprises a mix of summarized scientific research and the authors own work in the field It follows the author through a year or travel and experience as he reflects on the happenings in the natural world from death to rebirth and reconstruction It makes you really think about what humans are doing to the environment This is a great book for anyone who is interested in environmental science or j [...]

    12. This is Safina s fourth book and perhaps is most prominently attended to though the earlier ones received prizes and best non fiction, science or nature honors from many and sundry publications and organizations The View from Lazy Point is part meditation on a particular place and one man s presence in it, part advocacy for responsible behavior by humans locally and throughout the world they are essentially the same thing man s small corner and the great wide world, this current moment and the [...]

    13. Winner of the 2012 Orion Book AwardNamed one of Best Books of 2011 by Newsday A Thoreau for the 21st century New York Post Safina s book soarsI had to and wanted to read THE VIEW FROM LAZY POINT very slowly, allowing myself to digest its wealth of information, to revel in the beauty of Safina s writing and to absorb fully the implications of his musings What a pleasure it is to be asked to stop rushing about and take time to think, to grapple with fundamental questions, and to find such an enlig [...]

    14. This is among the best works of nonfiction I ve ever read The author is a biologist whose narrative history of one year encompasses three things his home in Lazy Point a sea side community on Long Island , his travels around the globe to South America, to Alaska, to the Arctic Circle, to Micronesia, and to Antarctica , and his thoughts on man s relationship with the natural world Mr Safina is not only a knowledgeable scientist, he is a gifted writer, and the combination makes The View From Lazy [...]

    15. This book is written beautifully and the descriptions of the natural world are breathtaking It is written by an ecologist very concerned with the state of our world right now, and what we are doing to basically, ruin it He sounds a warning bell that is clearly articulated and gives examples from real life that makes it ring even truer, but , although he states that without our immediate action the world is going to suffer, and suffer badly not just the flora and fauna, but the people who live he [...]

    16. Lazy Point is a flat peninsula of scrubby pines between the Sound and the bay, a place of real power on a wild swath of Long Island, where ecologist and ocean advocate Safina lives, avidly observing terns, sea ducks, and other shorebirds, as well as bluefish and horseshoe crabs From his home base, this celebrated scientist and activist travels to places where the impact of climate change and environmental abuse is starkly evident With the spiral of a year as his structure and with what Einstein [...]

    17. I actually read this book last January and loved it I can t believe I forgot to write a review The View From Lazy Point is my choice for the 2012 Cremin Award for the Best Freaking Book I Read All Year Mr Safina is a marine biologist who writes lyrical, haunting prose The author writes about science the way poets write about love with great depth, and beauty, and imagination Mr Safina took a year to travel the world and observe the changes being wrought by climate change He begins his story in L [...]

    18. Without question, one of the best non fiction books I ve read in a long, long time Heard him interviewed on NPR and immediately downloaded to my Kindle This book follows him around the world, exploring what is happening right now to oceans, ice flows, rivers, forests.habitat all around us He interviews scientists who are investigating whether or not the planet can recover from what we re doing to it and if so, what to do and how long it will take At the same time, he chronicles the changes on hi [...]

    19. In a single year, the author covers our most periled environments, from barrier reefs to wetlands to both polar regions, and he recounts the damage done and the consequences of human disregard The best passages are those describing his walks along a Long Island beach with his beloved dog Safina writes evocatively of his observations and it s as if you re there walking alongside him and seeing what he sees How could one man know so many bird species There are a few moments of low key preachiness, [...]

    20. The View from Lazy Point is definitely well written and thought provoking This book is filled with seemingly unbiased facts and assessments of the current environmental and climatic issues Safina tells us a little bit about a lot of really cool and interesting things just enough to spark an interest Being a compulsive underliner notetaker, I found myself quite frequently jotting down ideas to later look up I actually stuck a post it in the bibliography with a note to myself declaring certain ref [...]

    21. Once again Safina gives us loads of observations of nature, both wondrous and depressing, along with a lot preaching than he s done in previous books Unfortunately it s likely to be heard mostly by the choir My enjoyment was somewhat diminished by what seemed like too much listing of birds perhaps enjoyable to serious birders , even fish, without enough detail to make it interesting to non birders almost like showing off how many species he can recognize quickly and at a distance.The best part [...]

    22. The author carries us through a calendar year in the natural world centered on his home base of Lazy Point on the eastern shore of Long Island In the course of doing so, he takes us through what should now be the familiar effects of rapid climate change on places near and far and on species, ecosystems snf human societies next door and on the far reaches of the planet It is clearly within our collective power and our moral responsiblity to change the trajectory we find ourselves on in this regar [...]

    23. This is the first book I ve read by Carl Safina, a marine biologist He writes really well catching you up into the interesting things about the natural world as he experiences it but not sparing you, the reader, from his clear eyed perceptions of man s impact on the environment in both his most benevolent forms and in his most unthinking and destructive forms He doesn t hold anything back and spells out clearly where we, as societies, are failing to understand our own integral part of the enviro [...]

    24. An astounding triumph of science and spirit, Safina takes the rare position in the environmental sciences that yes, we are fucked, but some things have gotten better, some things remain great, and if we try really hard, we can save some of it and ourselves The rare type that understands both the biological systems as well as beauty inherent in regions and the globe, and how humans affect and are affected by it.I m no seabird enthusiast, but his masterful knowledge and enthusiasm for the creature [...]

    25. Carl Safina does it again I love his style of writing It is like reading a book of poetry Safina makes it sound like you two are just sitting on his porch watching the ocean, having a conversation He has a unique way of intertwining stories and observations about his home on Lazy Point with larger issues around the world He has a way of talking about politics, economics, poverty, conservation, global warming and other hot button topics without sounding preachy I finished reading this book wantin [...]

    26. This book was a gift from my mother, one she learned about because it was a selection for her book group Safina s not my favorite nature writer, but I do appreciate his trying to teach us all about the interconnectedness of life, sort of ecology writ huge.This has been on my currently reading list for quite a while I just picked it up again February I m enjoying this now because I ve decided to skim, stopping to read some things in detail, but skipping others There are too many descriptions of [...]

    27. Listen to what MacArthur genius Carl Safina had to say about his The View from Lazy Point here bit g6JhnG When Carl Safina grabs his kayak and scuba gear and travels the world, we get than polar bear reports and tropical fish stories Safina is a renowned marine ecologist with a writer s eye and a philosopher s mind He s been out around the world, from his home on Lazy Point, Long Island.What he s seen is what remains of heart breaking natural splendor and of the groaning weight of one species o [...]

    28. A perceptive, wide ranging book that alternates between journal like entries about the natural history of Lazy Point, and intriguing research trips to places like Palau, Svalbard and Antarctica The book has a smooth flow, is informative, and at times inspiring Safina, like other environmentalists, does get carried away on occasion describing the litany of environmental issues In doing so he paints a dark picture that could lead some to conclude why bother But then he balances the enormity of the [...]

    29. This book is part beautiful observation of the natural world and part presentation of the concept of the inter connectedness of everything in the world Enjoyable, thought provoking, and informative I must admit that as a tree hugger I found the book somewhat depressing because the author presents a view of how he feels we must change for the world to survive and I know that in our present political climate we are not going to change Many people compare this to Rachel Carson s Silent Spring and I [...]

    30. I would give this three and a half stars if I could It was a pleasant read with many interesting facts interspersed among a very readable narrative While I agree with Safina, I felt like the book got awfully preachy at the end Maybe could have used a bit of editing there Besides the style, though, I really liked that the author saw signs of hope and reported some nice recovery stories Since I just moved to NYC this was especially interesting to me since Lazy Point is on Long Island I will look f [...]

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