Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth

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W. W. Norton, 2007 - Nature - 202 pages
"You are about to read a lot about dirt, which no one knows very much about." So begins the cult classic that brings mystery and magic to "that stuff that won't come off your collar."

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Saint Phocas, Darwin, and Virgil parade through this thought-provoking work, taking their place next to the dung beetle, the compost heap, dowsing, historical farming, and the microscopic biota that till the soil. With fresh eyes and heartfelt reverence, William Bryant Logan variously observes, "There is glamour to the study of rock"; "The most mysterious place on Earth is right beneath our feet"; and "Dirt is the gift of each to all."

Whether Logan is traversing the far reaches of the cosmos or plowing through our planet's crust, his delightful, elegant, and surprisingly soulful meditations greatly enrich our concept of "dirt," that substance from which we all arise and to which we all must return.

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

I thought this was the text version of the documentary by the same name, but it's more a series of meditations. Poetic and lovely, but not what I was looking for. Doesn't really go anywhere. Read full review

DIRT: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth

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Logan, a columnist at the New York Times and contributing editor at House Beautiful, raises dirt from the humble to the sublime in this paean to the substance in all its geological, agricultural, and ... Read full review

Contents

Stardust
7
The Sand Drowns the Sea the Sea Takes the Sand
24
The Matrix
33
Copyright

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William Bryant Logan is a Quill & Trowel Award-winning writer, a member of the faculty at the New York Botanical Garden, a sought-after lecturer and teacher, and a practicing arborist. He is the author of Oak and Dirt, the latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary. He lives in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

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