Saturday, November 17, 2012
"The Dust Bowl" on PBS
Tomorrow night we will be glued to the television, watching Part 1 of Ken Burns latest documentary, "The Dust Bowl"...
Lasting nearly a decade and covering 100 million square miles at its peak, the Dust Bowl of the 1930s was the worst man-made environmental disaster in American history. At least, so far. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," a quote by Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana (1863-1952), keeps playing in my mind as I've watched Ken Burns give interviews about his latest documentary, and as I've begun reading a book that BW just finished (and highly recommends), The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived The Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan.
Part 2 of Ken Burns' "The Dust Bowl" airs on PBS Monday night. As they say, check your local listings! :-) (And/or your local library for Egan's book!)
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"