Mark Kurlansky

in Hartford, Connecticut, The United States
December 07, 1948




Mark Kurlansky (born 7 December 1948 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a highly-acclaimed American journalist and writer of general interest non-fiction. He is especially known for titles on eclectic topics, such as cod or salt.

Kurlansky attended Butler University, where he harbored an early interest in theatre and earned a BA in 1970. However, his interest faded and he began to work as a journalist in the 1970s. During the 70’s he worked as a correspondent in Western Europe for the Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and eventually the Paris-based International Herald Tribune. He moved to Mexico in 1982 where he continued to do journalism. He wrote his first book, A Continent of Islands, in 1992 and went on to write several books throughou

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Watching players kneel to protest racism during the playing of the national anthem 90-year-old  Vin Scully said he would never watch another  NFL game. I had a similar reaction during the World Series watching the Dodgers line up clutching their hats to their hearts saluting the flag like some extreme right youth corp.  A life long baseball fan, in fact originally a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, I as...

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Salt: A World History

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“In every age, people are certain that only the things they have deemed valuable have true value. The search for love and the search for wealth are always the two best stories. But while a love story is timeless, the story of a quest for wealth, given enough time, will always seem like the vain pursuit of a mirage.”
Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History

“Man wants to see nature and evolution as separate from human activities. There is a natural world, and there is man. But man also belongs to the natural world. If he is a ferocious predator, that too is part of evolution. If cod and haddock and other species cannot survive because man kills them, something more adaptable will take their place. Nature, the ultimate pragmatist, doggedly searches for something that works. But as the cockroach demonstrates, what works best in nature does not always appeal to us.”
Mark Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

“modern people have seen too many chemicals and are ready to go back to eating dirt.”
Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History



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