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I’m finally making my way through some texts I’m hoping to either assign for my fall course on Environmental Advocacy or ones I hope will help me coherently lead class discussions.

I’m considering as a text for the class Bill McKibben’s anthology American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau.  The book has a ton of advantages: two full sets of gorgeous color plates, excerpts from writings by over a hundred authors, a comprehensive chronology–it’s basically every single thing you could want in an environmental anthology.  Its major drawback is the drawback of most anthologies–because it tries to be comprehensive, many of the readings are too short from my point of view.  Obviously, I can pick and choose and assign the best of what’s here, but in my experience, it’s a lot more work for me to go hunt down the texts, make my own selections, format those, and somehow distribute them to students.  Oh well–that’s my job.  Meanwhile, I’m really enjoying dipping into the anthology and discovering new authors and new ideas. (more…)

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John Everett Millais’s “Ophelia,” c. 1851, at the Tate Gallery

I had lunch with an old friend the other day and I told him about this non-blog that I have going so far.  He asked the name, and when I told him, his response was a blank look.

“I know, it’s a really bad name,” I said nervously.  “You think it’s a really bad name.”

“No, no,” he said.  “I’m just looking confused because I assume it’s a literary reference I don’t get.” (more…)

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