Bugs in Danger: Our Vanishing Bees, Butterflies, and Beetles by Mark Kurlansky is this years Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill by Heather L. Montgomery for me. This is not because it has a similar theme nor is nearly as humorous as Montgomery’s book. But it does take a subject (bugs) that I have no interest in and made it interesting. I think buggies are cool, but I had no real interests in learning about them. But I liked the book cover. I figured I would skim it. And while there are scientific facts about class and such, it is […]
I picked this book up in an antique bookstore in Tokyo. I bought it mostly for the title, expecting a history of censorship, which is a topic I’ve always been interested in. What I got was more literally interpretation of enemies. Blades covers fire, water, vermin and dust as if they are free thinking enemies actively planning the destruction of books. His focus is entirely on the books as items that carry knowledge and not as special items in themselves. He says, “The value of books, as of other things, may be superstitiously overrated. We are accustomed to speak of […]
What’s a good way to get your kids interested in life science? This book about gross stuff that’s printed in purple and green is a good start.