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The Boilerplate Rhino: Nature in the Eye of the Beholder

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In 1981 David Quammen began what might be every freelance writer's dream: a monthly column for Outside magazine in which he was given free rein to write about anything that interested him in the natural world. His column was called "Natural Acts," and for the next fifteen years he delighted Outside's readers with his fascinating ruminations on the world around us. The Boilerplate Rhino brings together twenty-six of Quammen's most thoughtful and engaging essays from that column, none previously printed in any of his earlier books.

In lucid, penetrating, and often quirkily idiosyncratic prose, David Quammen takes his readers with him as he explores the world. His travels lead him to rattlesnake handlers in Texas; a lizard specialist in Baja; the dinosaur museum in Jordan, Montana; and halfway across Indonesia in search of the perfect Durian fruit. He ponders the history of nutmeg in the southern Moluccas, meditates on bioluminescent beetles while soaking in the waters of the Amazon, and delivers "The Dope on Eggs" from a chicken ranch near his hometown in Montana.

Quammen's travels are always jumping-off points to explore the rich and sometimes horrifying tension between humankind and the natural world, in all its complexity and ambivalence. The result is another irrepressible assortment of ideas to explore, conundrums to contemplate, and wondrous creatures to behold.

Synopsis:

From 1981 to 1996, Quammen recounted personal tales of adventure and wry observations in his popular "Natural Acts" column in "Outside" magazine. "The Boilerplate Rhino" brings together 25 of his best pieces, offering readers the opportunity to behold the quirks of both human and nature through the eyes of a masterful storyteller.

Synopsis:

In 1981 David Quammen began what might be every freelance writer's dream: a monthly column for Outside magazine in which he was given free rein to write about anything that interested him in the natural world. His column was called "Natural Acts," and for the next fifteen years he delighted Outside's readers with his fascinating ruminations on the world around us. The Boilerplate Rhino brings together twenty-six of Quammen's most thoughtful and engaging essays from that column, none previously printed in any of his earlier books.

In lucid, penetrating, and often quirkily idiosyncratic prose, David Quammen takes his readers with him as he explores the world. His travels lead him to rattlesnake handlers in Texas; a lizard specialist in Baja; the dinosaur museum in Jordan, Montana; and halfway across Indonesia in search of the perfect Durian fruit. He ponders the history of nutmeg in the southern Moluccas, meditates on bioluminescent beetles while soaking in the waters of the Amazon, and delivers "The Dope on Eggs" from a chicken ranch near his hometown in Montana.

Quammen's travels are always jumping-off points to explore the rich and sometimes horrifying tension between humankind and the natural world, in all its complexity and ambivalence. The result is another irrepressible assortment of ideas to explore, conundrums to contemplate, and wondrous creatures to behold.

About the Author

David Quammen is a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for his science essays and other work in Outside magazine. He is the author of three novels and several other books, including The Song of the Dodo. His essay collections include Natural Acts, The Flight of the Iguana, and Wild Thoughts from Wild Places. He lives in Montana.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

I. ROADKILL ON THE HIGHWAY OF TIME

Rattlesnake Passion

The Narcotic of Empire

Hard Parts

II. DUBIOUS CERTITUDES, DAUNTLESS THEORIES

Certainty and Doubt in Baja

Phobia and Philia

Who Swims with the Tuna

Tropical Passengers

Spatula Theory

The Great Stinking Clue

The Dope on Eggs

III. FLESH OR FOWL OR WHAT?

The Cats That Fly by Themselves

Local Bird Makes Good

One Man's Meat

Either or Neither

IV. NEAR SIGHT

Beast in the Mirror

Palpating the Tumor

Rethinking the Lawn

Half-Blinded Poets and Birds

Time-and-Motion Study

V. TRICKS OF THE LIGHT

The Boilerplate Rhino

Limelight

Gardening on Mars

Impersonating Henry Thoreau

God's Weakness for Beetles

Limits of Vision

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743200325
Author:
Quammen, David
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Quammen, David
Location:
New York
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
April 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 8.715 oz

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"Synopsis" by , From 1981 to 1996, Quammen recounted personal tales of adventure and wry observations in his popular "Natural Acts" column in "Outside" magazine. "The Boilerplate Rhino" brings together 25 of his best pieces, offering readers the opportunity to behold the quirks of both human and nature through the eyes of a masterful storyteller.
"Synopsis" by , In 1981 David Quammen began what might be every freelance writer's dream: a monthly column for Outside magazine in which he was given free rein to write about anything that interested him in the natural world. His column was called "Natural Acts," and for the next fifteen years he delighted Outside's readers with his fascinating ruminations on the world around us. The Boilerplate Rhino brings together twenty-six of Quammen's most thoughtful and engaging essays from that column, none previously printed in any of his earlier books.

In lucid, penetrating, and often quirkily idiosyncratic prose, David Quammen takes his readers with him as he explores the world. His travels lead him to rattlesnake handlers in Texas; a lizard specialist in Baja; the dinosaur museum in Jordan, Montana; and halfway across Indonesia in search of the perfect Durian fruit. He ponders the history of nutmeg in the southern Moluccas, meditates on bioluminescent beetles while soaking in the waters of the Amazon, and delivers "The Dope on Eggs" from a chicken ranch near his hometown in Montana.

Quammen's travels are always jumping-off points to explore the rich and sometimes horrifying tension between humankind and the natural world, in all its complexity and ambivalence. The result is another irrepressible assortment of ideas to explore, conundrums to contemplate, and wondrous creatures to behold.

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