Scripture Picture
October 19, 2009

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb (W.W. Norton, 224 pp., $24.95)  A certain amount of sensationalistic misinformation was circulated in the press last spring, here and in England, when word got out that R. Crumb had done an illustrated version of Genesis. Crumb was the leading innovative figure of the underground comics movement of the late 1960s and has enjoyed a devoted following ever since. His graphic work, always memorable, is often physically aggressive, raunchy, and sexually explicit.

The Usefulness of Cranks
September 30, 2009

Paradise Found: Nature in America at the Time of Discovery By Steve Nicholls (University of Chicago Press, 524 pp., $30) American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau Edited by Bill McKibben (Library of America, 1,047 pp., $40) Defending The Master Race: Conservation, Eugenics, And The Legacy Of Madison Grant By Jonathan Peter Spiro (University of Vermont Press, 462 pp., $39.95) A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir By Donald Worster (Oxford University Press, 535 pp., $34.99) A Reenchanted World: The Quest for A New Kinship With Nature By James William Gibson (Metropolitan Books,

Perusing The Prurient Post
November 05, 2007

There's a tacky story on today's "Page Six" in the New York Post about Mariane Pearl  -- yes, the widow of Daniel -- and her conflicts with the Wall Street Journal.  It's about money and celebrity and Mariane's desires to use the Journal as the instrument of her fame.  You see, when Muslim terrorists kill your husband it's only fair to profit off his death.  Wasn't that a clause in Daniel's insurance policy?Frankly, I was a little bit repelled by the persona that emerged of Mariane after the ritualized beheading of Daniel.  She was so chic and had such chic opinions.  I suspected that Judea Pe