Ken Fischman + Jim Payne: Reading
Sleeping with Wolves by Ken Fischman is a collection of essays that demonstrate the two sides of our relationship with nature: one of common origin and natural affinities, and the other of atavistic fears. "The Tracks at Chauvet Cave" invokes our concern for a child who died approximately 20,000 years ago, found in a cave filled with beautiful Stone Age art and "The Incredible Shrinking Megafauna" shows the effects our inadvertent actions have on animals. These essays and the "rest of Fischman’s writings...work to demonstrate man’s 'crucial connection' with the 'natural world'” (BlueInk Review).
Ken was born in Brooklyn, NY, has a PhD in genetics and did research at Columbia University. He founded the Columbia University Kayak Club and was Vice President of New York Rivers United. Ken has taught wilderness survival and is fascinated by the lifestyles of hunter/gatherers and wovles. He lives in a cabin in the woods near Sandpoint, ID.
Kayak adventurer Jim Payne returns once again to bring to life the times and thoughts of American naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. In Chasing Thoreau, Jim follows a famous river trip made by the historical figure in 1839, starting in Thoreau’s home town of Concord, Massachusetts. As he plied the challenging waters, he tracked the places Thoreau knew and revisited his theories and ideas. After solo trips on American and English waterways, recounted in One Inch above the Water (2008), Discovering England (2012), and Worlds to Discover (2015), Jim shares more harrowing and humorous adventures in Chasing Thoreau. This book is a fitting celebration of Thoreau's bicentennial this year.
Do you want to know why Mediterranean fish are shrinking, Yellowstone elk are growing enormous racks and elephants are being born tuskless? Then, this book is for you. Learn other fascinating stuff, such as how wolves became dogs, why studying GMOs can be detrimental to scientists' careers and why Little Red Riding Hood should avoid sitting at isolated bus stops.