In this intertwined story , Carl Safina shows us that nature and human dignity require each other. The View from Lazy Point follows the arc of the seasons from Carl Safina’s home waters of eastern Long Island to far horizons of the globe, from the Arctic to Antarctica and across the tropics. We encounter bears, Eskimos, salmon, penguins, corals, tropical fishes, local villagers-. We see a world brimming with vitality, but changing, with much at stake.
Why do our institutions fail to sense the dangers? Safina shows how philosophy, religion, and economics-all developed before we knew the world was round-are so out of sync with scientific realities that they’re essentially irrational.
But in the cycle of seasons and the waves of migrating fishes and birds, Carl Safina still finds solace and delight and the power and resilience of living things. As revealed by Safina, the world still sings. The challenge now: to keep the music alive, for those who’ll follow.
Reviews and praise for The View From Lazy Point
“Safina’s book soars. I had to-and wanted to-read The View from Lazy Point very slowly, allowing myself to digest its wealth of information, to revel in the beauty of Safina’s writing and to absorb fully the implications of his musings. What a pleasure it is to be asked to stop rushing about and take time to think, to grapple with fundamental questions, and to find such an enlightening, provocative companion for walking and talking-and reading. We can ask no more from those who warn about dark days ahead than that they also awaken us to the miracle of everyday life as they try to illuminate a better path forward.” — Dominique Browning, The New York Times
“Before Carl Safina, environmentalists could often be heard wondering where the next Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold or Henry Beston might be hiding… The pure sensuous detail, seeing the natural world from a variety of angles, was missing in the generations after Carson and Leopold.”— Newsday
“With his grand sense of adventure, eye for beauty, heart for mercy and high hopes to shake us from our complacency, Safina seems a godsend among modern-day prophets. His is a voice worth listening to, and I hope his song hits the top of the charts.” — The Portland Oregonian
“I was flat-out blown away. This thing is a great glittering gem of a book, certainly the first immortal work of popular natural history of the 21st century. It was a thrill and an honor to read. And when I finished I felt young again and full of lightning.” — Steve Donoghue, Managing Editor, Open Letters Monthly
“A true masterpiece. The writing is both powerful and poetic, the observations keen and telling. Lazy Point just might become the 21st century’s Walden Pond.” — Gary Soucie, former editor of Audubon Magazine
“This book is beautifully written, elegiac and insistent — a very necessary read.” — Sheryl Cotleur, Book Passage booksellers, Corte Madera. Ca.
“A book of beautifully modulated patterns and gracefully stated imperatives…Carl Safina’s books evince two traits not commonly associated with science writing: exquisite language and freely expressed empathy for animals.” — Booklist, starred review
“What a marvelously large-handed, energetic, omnivorous book! One can swim at so many levels in its comprehensive inventiveness.” — Ted Hoagland, author of Early in the Season
“An optimism suffuses this sensible and sensitive book.”— Publishers’ Weekly
“Excellent storytelling. A superb work.” — Kirkus, Starred Review
“Written by a brilliant stylist and deeply concerned conservationist. Alive with fresh ideas.” — Richard Ellis, author of The Empty Ocean and Tuna: A Love Story
Safina is like a spider spinning a web: the more silk threads that are attached, the more the reader is entrapped into understanding the connectivity of the world. — Dr. Patricia Wright, MacArthur Fellow, Stony Brook University
“The high quality of his prose makes all this fascinating information such a great pleasure to read.” — Peter Matthiessen