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LiterarySara

Literary Sara

What I've been reading on the trolley. 

Currently reading

Salt Fish Girl: A Novel
Larissa Lai
A Place of Greater Safety
Hilary Mantel
Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career
Elizabeth Hyde Stevens
Moby Dick: or, the White Whale
Herman Melville

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World - Michael Pollan Writing is not Michael Pollan's strong suit. It took me several weeks of subway reading to slog through this short collection of essays.But the thesis is interesting--Pollan recasts the relationship between plants and humans as a symbiotic one, in which people do not so much domesticate plants as facilitate the plants' own reproductive agenda--and the historical details, particularly in the chapters on apples and tulips, were compelling enough to keep me reading. I think I like those sections best because the apples' and tulips' evolutionary edge was to appeal to the better parts of human nature: the love of sweetness and beauty.Besides, it was good to know about applejack before it started appearing in all of Philly's cocktail bars.