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Publish Date: October 2005
The Pine Island Paradox
BY Kathleen Dean Moore
A gifted storyteller with a sly sense of humor, Moore writes about thousands of shrimp visible at ebb tide, fungi that her botanist father cultivated in the family refrigerator, her daughters night in jail, bad weather, grouse dancing on their lek, and the haunting note—the augmented fourth—heard in the call of a loon, the howl of a wolf, and sacred music. In essays full of rich surface detail, she weaves arguments about the hidden connections that bind the world, articulating in the process an environmental ethic of caring that extends from our families to the special places we experience with them, an affection that embraces the human and natural world.
Sooner or later, you will face the islands paradox.
For Moore, the way we choose to live our lives speaks for a kinship that beliesthe miserable, lonely world enlightenment philosophers have mapped out for us to live in." Engaging thinkers past and present (among them Descartes, Hume, Mill, William James, Aldo Leopold, and Thoreau), she focuses on the way our world—the one we live in every day—gives us opportunities to create moral synapses, to find the integrity that links our backyard garden to a wilderness area and everything in between.