Orion staff, Orion Magazine
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The View from Lazy Point is the product of close and sustained observation of the natural world. That sort of observation is the foundation of natural history writing, but this book explores human behavior, too. Did you draw on your skill as a naturalist to unravel and explain, say, the way our economy affects the environment?
I’d say not. I’d say I have a certain proclivity for evaluation. When fishing, too, you must observe closely, then decide what to do. I like observing nature and then evaluating it. I would not say I like observing the crassness and backwardness with which we run our economy and political system; I can take the daily grind and outrages in the news only in measured doses, but then the same tendency to evaluate, sift, and cut through to cause-and-effect (or at least attempt to do so) kicks in. I am an evaluative observer, not a passive one.
Excerpt: ‘The View From Lazy Point’ ~ Carl Safina, New York (NY) Times
I slide a fishing rod into my kayak as birds begin gathering over our bay. They know what's coming. So do I. On many summer afternoons, packs of surfacing Bluefish chase up small fish, drawing excited flocks of diving terns. The terns carry those little fish a few miles to hungry youngsters waiting eagerly on small, unpeopled islands. As it has been for millennia, so it is this very moment.