Monday, October 18, 2010
Calculus, Carson, and Camus
Amazon, of course, has various editions, custom versions for particular universities, and volumes in a series, and Abebooks had a really cheap used copy, but he doesn't like to order online, and we don't provide that service at our little store, now with little cat, still named "Little Stranger," until the proper name of the cat appears. Yet another person suggested Camus, and another customer suggested October as that's the month she was found and also she is all black, with glints of white on her chest and the tip of her tail is white. Another possibility is Moraine, as she was found on the moraine, walking down the white line of a country highway, but would she be nicknamed Mo? Would it be misheard as Lorraine?
Anyhoo, we might have to pull Old Possum's Books of Practical Cats off the Poetry Cart...And, in the land of coincidii, of course today I handled a cartoon book by Beverly Guhl called Cats are Better than Men. Beverly was pretty convincing.
Oh! The guy who wanted Paul Auster last week turned up as a waiter at the local organic foods brunch before Living Downstream. The film is amazing. I urge you to see it if it comes to your town and to seek it out if it does not. An educational DVD is available now, and some of us hope to get this into the local schools, to build awareness. It would go along with the healthy food information my daughter is already getting in her consumer science and physical education classes, and it would counter some of the status-quo information coming out in agriculture courses. But Steingraber comes from farmland, her cousin is farmer, three of the speakers after the film were organic farmers. She is not opposed to agriculture! She is opposed to poisonous pesticides that harm us, our earth, our air, and our water.
I was very moved by the scenes in which Rachel Carson, of Silent Spring, testified before Congress, making this a human rights issue. We have a right to a clean environment and not to be poisoned in our own homes, in the midst of our lives, she said. And Sandra Steingraber is carrying on that human rights fight. "Never give up," she wrote in our books.