The View from Lazy Point by Carl Safina
A Natural Year in an Unnatural World

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An exhilarating journey of natural renewal through a year with MacArthur fellow Carl Safina

Beginning in his kayak in his home waters of eastern Long Island, Carl Safina's The View from Lazy Point takes us through the four seasons to the four points of the compass, from the high Arctic south to Antarctica, across the warm belly of the tropics from the Caribbean to the west Pacific, then home again. We meet Eskimos whose way of life is melting away, explore a secret global seed vault hidden above the Arctic Circle, investigate dilemmas facing foraging bears and breeding penguins, and sail to formerly devastated reefs that are resurrecting as fish graze the corals algae-free.

"Each time science tightens a coil in the slack of our understanding," Safina writes, "it elaborates its fundamental discovery: connection."

He shows how problems of the environment drive very real matters of human justice, well-being, and our prospects for peace.

In Safina's hands, nature's continuous renewal points toward our future. His lively stories grant new insights into how our world is changing, and what our response ought to be.

 

About Carl Safina

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One of the leading conservationists working today, Carl Safina is the author Song for the Blue Ocean and other books. His most recent book is A Sea in Flames. He is the host of Saving the Ocean on PBS television. He lives in Amagansett, New York.  
 
Published January 4, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.. 417 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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In these pages, he spends a good amount of time at home on the easternmost stretches of Long Island, at a boggy, overgrown, insect-rich place long considered “worthless land.” Yet, rejecting the closed-in-ness of another beach book, Henry Beston’s The Outermost House (1928), Safina stretches his ...

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From the very beginning, Safina asks us to reconsider the importance of that perennial question: “What is the meaning of life?” Which, he believes, is the wrong question to be asking because “it makes you look in the wrong places.” The right question is, “Where is the meaning in life.” And the pl...

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From his cottage near Montauk Point, a naturalist explains Earth’s perilous times and delivers an ambitious meditation on nature’s connectedness.

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(Trudy Nicholson / Henry…) The View from Lazy Point A Natural Year in an Unnatural World "The View from Lazy Point" is a naturalist's notebook, a record of a year at Carl Safina's home on the Sound side of eastern Long Island, north of Amagansett and south of Montauk.

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From his ongoing work through the Blue Ocean Institute, to his moving TED talk about the gulf oil spill's unseen victims, Carl Safina is one of our favorite ocean activists.

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