The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
An exhilarating journey of natural renewal through a year with MacArthur fellow Carl Safina
Beginning in his kayak in his home waters of eastern Long Island, Carl Safina's The View from Lazy Point takes us through the four seasons to the four points of the compass, from the high Arctic south to Antarctica, across the warm belly of the tropics from the Caribbean to the wes...more
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We stand upon the flat boulders armoring the slope below the lighthouse, with green swells crashing the rocks before us. A Herring Gull gliding overhead is as beautiful as any idea perfected. Their abundance tends to render them invisible; it’s to everyday miracles that we’re most blind.(less)
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"The compass of compassion asks not "What is good for me?" but "What is good?" Not what is best for me but what is best. Not what is right for me but what is right. Not "How much can we take?" but "How much ought we leave?" and " ...more
Around the same time, I was realizing that the textbook in my introductory environmental geography class was becoming a bit out-of-date, and ...more
appreciated the planet's miraculousness more. I'd always felt indebted towards the environment, but never had full motivation to do anything serious about it.
This book was exactly the book I needed, and while it didn't make me suddenly passionate about nature, that's more my high expectations' fault than the book's.
To start, having each chapter one month out of the whole year ...more
Named one of Best Books of 2011 by Newsday
“A Thoreau for the 21st century.” --New York Post
“Safina’s book soars...I had to—and wanted to—read THE VIEW FROM LAZY POINT very slowly, allowing myself to digest its wealth of information, to revel in the beauty of Safina’s writing and to absorb fully the implications of his musings…What a pleasure it is to be asked to stop rushing about and take time to think, to grapple with fundamental questions, and to find such a ...more
Mr. Safina is a marine biologist who writes lyrical, haunting prose. The author writes about science the way poets write about love: with great depth, and beauty, and imagination. Mr. Safina took a year to travel the world and observe the changes being wrought by climate change. He begins his s ...more
There are a few moments of low-key preachin ...more
My enjoyment was somewhat diminished by what seemed like too much listing of birds (perhaps more enjoyable to serious birders), even fish, without enough detail to make it interesting to non-birders--almost like showing off how many species he can recognize quickly and at a distance.
I'm no seabird enthusiast, but his masterful knowledge and enthusiasm for the creat ...more
This has been on my currently-reading list for quite a while. I just picked it up again (February). I'm enjoying this more now because I've decided to skim, stopping to read some things in detail, but skipping others. There are too many descri ...more
When Carl Safina grabs his kayak and scuba gear and travels the world, we get more than polar bear reports and tropical fish stories. Safina is a renowned marine ecologist with a writer’s eye and a philosopher’s mind. He’s been out around the world, from his home on Lazy Point, Long Island.
What he’s seen is what remains of heart-breaking natural splendor – and of the groaning we ...more