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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places by Bernie Krause
The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places

John McCarthy, November 4, 2013

Anyone interested in the sounds of nature and/or how musicians draw inspiration from nature will find The Great Animal Orchestra a fascinating reflection on the interplay of nature on the human musical mind. Through his personal story as a recorded sound sleuth out in the wilds for a half century, Krause connects many compelling ideas of how nature provides a source for our music and a refuge for our overtaxed audio-world. His celebration of natural soundscapes is of lasting importance for sustaining all of the richness of nature.
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It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower by Michela Wrong
It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower

John McCarthy, January 9, 2011

In light of the current corruption scandals in Kenya, the revelations of US-Kenya relations from WikiLeaks and the current election in southern Sudan, this extraordinary journalistic review of Kenya politics is relevant to the minute. As much as a gripping and finely researched tracking of events, Michela Wong also provides a compelling analysis of contemporary African politics and society.
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Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff
Coltrane: The Story of a Sound

John McCarthy, January 5, 2010

Ben Ratliff goes way beyond a biography of one of the handful of true music geniuses of the 20th century, to explore the mind behind the sound. Coltrane continues to influence all adventurous musicians, and listeners, and the second half of the book reveals how and why. Ratliff opened my ears to re-listen to all my jazz collection again, as well as find additions to fill out Trane's explorations of sound.
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One River by Wade Davis
One River

John McCarthy, November 29, 2009

One of the greatest stories told to gain understanding of the natural history and people of the Amazon rain forest, told by a student of the pioneering ethnobotanist Richard Evan Schultes. Davis has grown to be a master of the field, as well as adventure anthropology and world cultures. "One River" is great reading for anyone going to the rain forest or dreaming about such a journey.
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Yellowstone's Rebirth by Fire: Rising from the Ashes of the 1988 Wildfires by Karen Wildung Reinhart
Yellowstone's Rebirth by Fire: Rising from the Ashes of the 1988 Wildfires

John McCarthy, November 1, 2008

While the author and the photographer capture the historic fire drama at Yellowstone in 1988, they go beyond many other books on the prominent fire to look at the aftermath, the rebirth, the rejuvenation of forests through fire. About three-quarters of the book is on the flames, the fire fighters and the fire management story. The author and photographer's real contributions to fire understanding, especially in a warming time, are their fresh views on the ecological roles of fire and the stunning beauty of fire's touch on the landscape - before and after the flames.
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