“DIRT: THE ECSTATIC SKIN OF THE EARTH” BOOK BY WILLIAM LOGAN

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Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth

William Bryant Logan (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
In these brief, elegant essays, the author raises the concept of dirt to new levels. Logan, a monthly columnist for the New York Times, looks at soil formation and development. His topics range from quarries and the foundations of cathedrals to graveyards and earthworms, from husbandry in ancient Rome to composting in Florida. Logan pays tribute to the dung beetle as a symbol of renewal; he notes that dirt is the source of many drugs that work against infectious diseases (penicillin, streptomycin). He discusses the many forms of clay and the agricultural practices of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and the Iroquois. Dirt is a natural history of the soil and our connection with it.

Review

“Logan displays a precision of language that would be envied by any poet.” The Independent”

Product Details:

  • Hardcover: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
  • July 6 1995
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573220043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573220040

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