Monthly Archives: February 2012
The Aldo Leopold essays I posted last week were so popular that I decided to post another one from the same book. ‘This excerpt, taken from the same section of “The Sand County Almanac” is titled “Odyssey,” and describes his conservation ethic in a different, thought provoking manner. The writing, as you probably noticed last week, is superb. Click after the break to read–it’s only about 1000 words, and it’s worth it.
I’ve been too busy to post anything worth posting for a while, but I think the following essays are certainly worth it. For a law school class, I just finished a re-read of Aldo Leopold’s classic “A Sand County Almanac.” Published in 1949, Leopold was able to put into words his view of conservation, a view that has been gaining steam (albeit with little substantive change in our land use practices). I have chosen two essays that really resonated with me, called “Thinking Like a Mountain” and “Escudilla”. They appear in this order, back to back, in the middle of A Sand County Almanac and do an amazing job of capturing some of the fundamental problems with how we interact with nature. Without further ado: