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David Quammen

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David Quammen (born February 1948) is an award-winning science, nature and travel writer whose work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Outside, Harper's, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times Book Review; he has also written fiction. He wrote a column called "Natural Acts" for Outside magazine for fifteen years. Quammen lives in Bozeman, Montana.


I'm just back from a couple of lecture trips, one of which (to Ottawa) involved accepting the Stephen Jay Gould Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution, and doing the Gould Lecture there to an audience of 2,000. The nice thing about lecturing to a big audience, in contrast to a small one, is that when it's 2,000 folks you know that SOMEBODY out there will laugh at the jokes.
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“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.”
David Quammen, The Boilerplate Rhino: Nature in the Eye of the Beholder

“People come into our lives and then they go out again. The entropy law, as applied to human relations. Sometimes in their passing, though, they register an unimagined and far-reaching influence, as I suspect Hughes Rudd did upon me. There is no scientific way to discern such effects, but memory believes before knowing remembers. And the past lives coiled within the present, beyond sight, beyond revocation, lifting us up or weighting us down, sealed away--almost completely--behind walls of pearl.”
David Quammen, The Flight of the Iguana: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature

“Among the earliest forms of human self-awareness was the awareness of being meat.”
David Quammen, Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind



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