Save the Humans

This week in the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE Charles Siebert wrote one of those articles you want to point all your best friends toward: “What Are the Whales Trying to Tell Us?” Siebert is one of my favorite environmental journalists, one interested in writing about the hastily constructed, ever dissolving lines between our species and the millions of others we share the planet with....

The Passing of the Perfect Reader

Let us pause for a moment of silence for beloved professor, friend, columnist, and book reviewer Larry McGehee. Larry passed last month, and his regular column Southern Seen (often printed in these pages) has now also settled into the literary and social history he so loved. But fear not. Southern Seen can now be found forever among the archival mist and digital postings of the Wofford website...

Last Harvest

I’ve been reading a book called THE LAST HARVEST by Witold Rybcznski. It’s the story of the building of a new subdivision in rural Pennsylvania. Simply stated, Rybcznski follows the development of 90 acres of cornfield from idea to completion, but it’s more. In 200 pages THE LAST HARVEST tells the story of real estate development in America. What could be more relevant for our...

The World Without Us

I’m a sucker for “end of the earth” stories like the Bible’s “Revelations,” Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds,” Walker Percy’s LOVE IN THE RUINS, and Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD, but here’s a new one with a twist: THE WORLD WITHOUT US by Alan Weisman. Weisman’s story is an apocalypse without any bad guys. This new book...

River of the Carolinas

This week, drought and high August temperatures pushed my chance to paddle to the sea from the upcountry back into the planning stages. I’d planned to leave this week my borrowed boat from a put-in at Cliffside, N.C., and arrive 14 days later in the Santee delta. But checking the Broad River gauge on the internet told me in no uncertain terms that the river’s flow is down to one...

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