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The author of Dirt and Oak brings to life this quickest, most sustaining, most communicative element of the earth.
Ignorance of the air is costly. The artist Eva Hesse died of inhaling her fiberglass medium. Thousands were sickened after 9/11 by supposedly “safe” air. The African Sahel suffers drought in part because we fill the air with industrial dusts. With the passionate narrative style and wide-ranging erudition that have made William Bryant Logan’s work a touchstone for nature lovers and environmentalists, Air is—like the contents of a bag of seaborne dust that Darwin collected aboard the Beagle—a treasure trove of discovery.
““[A] delightful Wunderkammer of a book. . . . Air is... a spore-world of essays, essaylets, mini-biographies, gossip, whispers, lists, prose-poems and asides. ...Cheery, chatty and compulsively curious, Mr. Logan is able to draw the reader into pretty much any subject... In this lovely book, Mr. Logan makes the air airy again.” — Robert Macfarlane, Wall Street Journal
“Logan is an enjoyable companion with which to explore his subject. He is erudite and thoughtful, with an agreeable mix of the personal and scientific” — David B. Williams, Seattle Times
“Starred review. Logan’s meticulously researched and engagingly presented treatise is a breath of, well, fresh air.” — Carol Haggas, Booklist
“Splendid. . . . Logan delivers vast amounts of science with brevity and elegance.” — Nature