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Dirt : the ecstatic skin of the earth

Author: William Bryant Logan
Publisher: New York, N.Y. ; London : W.W. Norton, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New edView all editions and formats
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"In these brief, elegant essays, the author raises the concept of dirt to new levels. Logan, a monthly columnist for the New York Times, looks at soil formation and development. His topics range from quarries and the foundations of cathedrals to graveyards and earthworms, from husbandry in ancient Rome to composting in Florida. Logan pays tribute to the dung beetle as a symbol of renewal; he notes that dirt is the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Belletristische Darstellung
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Logan, William Bryant.
Dirt.
New York, N.Y. ; London : W.W. Norton, 2007
(OCoLC)989013962
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Bryant Logan
ISBN: 9780393329476 039332947X
OCLC Number: 76798067
Notes: Previous edition: New York: Riverhead, 1995.
Description: xi, 202 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Clyde's pickup --
Part I: The ecstatic skin of the earth. Stardust ; The first soil ; Humus ; Saint Phocas as fertilizer ; Sweet and sour soils ; The sand drowns the sea, the sea takes the sand ; Virgin soil --
Part II: The matrix. Fire and ice ; Dirt ; The theory and practice of manuring ; John Adams's manure piles ; The compost man ; The soil of graves ; The dung beetle ; The almost perfect recipe --
Part III: On digging holes. Lessons in digging ; On digging holes ; Phalloi and calendars ; The hole to China --
Part IV: Earth and stone. Earthquakes and moonquakes ; The circulation of stone ; Old quarries ; The foundations of cathedrals ; Groundwater --
Part V: Clay alive. In a landscape of clays ; The theory of silt ; Crevice invasion ; Clay and life ; Kaolin ; The path of a clay crystal --
Part VI: In the dark. On gopher humps ; Of worms ; Perception in earthworms ; The pharmacy of molds --
Part VII: Human soil. The soil and the devil ; The soil apocalypse of George Perkins Marsh ; Husbandry in Rome ; Dio-He-Ko --
Part VIII: Visions of the soil. Underground horizons ; Wind and soil ; The soil man ; Into the pits ; The earth for Jefferson and Adams ; Stardust.
Responsibility: William Bryant Logan.

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"A gleeful, poetic book...Like the best natural histories, Dirt is a kind of prayer." -Los Angeles Times Book Review  Read more...

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"Read this book. You'll know more about that which you are made of and which is essential to all life on the land part of the planet than you thought imaginable." -- Wes Jackson, president and Read more...

 
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