10 NOVEMBER 2017
It’s been a bit longer than usual since my last update. Apologies, but I’ve been working hard to get my book On the Moor out there. Barring any last-minute hiccups, I hope to be able to make a major announcement in my next newsletter. (I’m not sure if that counts as a teaser or a spoiler, but, either way, watch this space…)
Some stuff I thought worth sharing:
This time there are precisely 10 links (for those of you who happen to count in the octal numeral system):
- A Swap for Zanzibar
Neal Ascherson on the strange history of the North Sea archipelago of Heligoland. I couldn’t help thinking W.G. Sebald would have been fascinated by this.
- 30 Days Timelapse at Sea
Someone had the wonderful idea of fixing a timelapse video camera to the top of a container ship. Compulsive viewing.
- Darwin’s Megatherium molar mystery
Reuniting the remains of a prehistoric giant ground sloth excavated by Charles Darwin in Patagonia in 1832.
- On the edge, calling back: Barry Lopez
A moving interview with the adjectiveless writer Barry Lopez. I still haven’t read his highly acclaimed Artic Dreams, but it can only be a matter of time.
- The Invitation
The Lopez interview mentioned above refers to this Granta article: a thoughtful piece on how indigenous people experience events in the natural world in a different way to us.
- What sparked the Cambrian explosion?
Scientists have hypothesised for decades about the cause of the evolutionary burst known as the Cambrian Explosion that happened 540 million years ago. Could a steep rise in oxygen have sparked the change, or some key evolutionary innovation?
- Little Toller Books: Clarissa Luard Award Shortlisted Publishers
Adrian Cooper on how he and his partner created Little Toller books in their spare bedroom: proof that it’s possible for non-experts to create something very special. So what are you waiting for?
- Iain Sinclair’s farewell to London
In characteristically concentrated prose, Iain Sinclair on how he has lost his centre of gravity: his compulsion to write about London.
Coming soon (shameless plug):
I hope you’re even one-tenth as excited about this as I am.
“…wonderful. Science and history and geography and evolution and culture all tangled up in musings while walking about the moors around Hebden Bridge.”—PZ Myers
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