Buzz & Reviews

Early praise for Carl Safina’s The View From Lazy Point:

The New York Times

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


“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.”

The Portland Oregonian

“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.”

Wayne Mones, Audubon Magazine

“Carl Safina is a contemporary prophet who merits your attention. Yes, he tells truth to power, but his writing is also full of beauty, optimism and the quiet reverie that comes from living close to nature.”

Steve Donoghue, Managing Editor, Open Letters Monthly

“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.”

Gary Soucie, former editor of Audubon Magazine

“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.”

Sheryl Cotleur, Book Passage booksellers, Corte Madera. Ca.

“This book is beautifully written, elegiac and insistent — a very necessary read.”

Booklist, starred review

“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.”

Ted Hoagland, author of Early in the Season

“What a marvelously large-handed, energetic, omnivorous book! One can swim at so many levels in its comprehensive inventiveness.”

Publishers’ Weekly

“An optimism suffuses this sensible and sensitive book.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Excellent storytelling. A superb work.”

Richard Ellis, author of The Empty Ocean and Tuna: A Love Story

“Written by a brilliant stylist and deeply concerned conservationist. Alive with fresh ideas.”

Dr. Patricia Wright, MacArthur Fellow, Stony Brook University

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.

Peter Matthiessen

“The high quality of his prose makes all this fascinating information such a great pleasure to read.”

Interviews and Media Appearances

Past media events: 

January 18 

Radio Interview: Dresser after Dark

Broadcast nationally on Independent Radio Network, USA Radio Network, and Business Talk Radio Network.

January 24 

TV Interview: ABC News Now

NOW YOU KNOW program

January 24 

Radio Interview: The Leonard Lopate Show

WNYC, 1pm – 2pm

January 26 

Radio Interview: KVON, Late Mornings with Jeff Schechtman

Broadcast across the Napa County region of Northern California

February 15 

Q & A with Outside Magazine online

Outside Magazine’s interview with Carl on his new book, The View From Lazy Point.

March 15 

Radio Interview, WATR-AM Waterbury, CT

Listen online to Carl’s interview with host Larry Rifkin.

March 23 

Internet Interview: Robert Moir’s Environmental Dialogues

Free download is available on iTunes

March 23 

Radio Interview: In the Morning with Bonnie Grice

88.3 WPPB-FM, 9:00am-10:00am

Listen Online

April 5 

Radio Interview: Eco-Logic

99.5 WBAI-FM, 8:00pm EST
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From the Blogs

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