New York restaurateur who is doing what he can for Madagascar’s incredible tortoises which are being decimated by the Asian collector and culinary/medicine markets.
In March, 2006, I recorded the music of Munganyar and Kalbelia “gypsies” in and around the ancient desert citadel of Jaissalmer in Rajasthan. I was looking for evidence to support my theory, and I believe I found it, that many of the basic melodic sequences in Russian, Celtic, Turkish, North African, Malian blues, American blues, …Read More
A Review of Into the Porcupine Cave and Other Odysseys : Adventures of an Occasional Naturalist, by William W. Warner, National Geographic Press, 1999, for the Alumnae Horae magazine of St. Paul’s School, to be published in January, 2002
As the natural world is disappearing at an alarming rate, so is the art of nature …Read More
The fam and I devoured several large platefuls of chicken of the woods, with actual chicken and with pasta. It was absolutely ambrosial, one of my best mushroom-eating experiences ever.
Only later did I read that you must be sure to eat only completely fresh flesh, otherwise you could be in for some toxic side-effects, such …Read More
NEW YORKER, JUNE 20, 1994
FLIGHT FROM DEATH The violence in Rwanda was threatening to explode in Burundi, where the author’s Tutsi relatives live, and he knew he had to get them out.
-BY ALEX SHOUMAFOFF
THE minibus sped past hundreds of deplacés walking along the road with mattresses, cooking pots, and bundles of possessions on their heads. “Africa …Read More
Outside Magazine, August 1994
WE CHECKED OUT OF THE hut and were on the Kander firn Glacier by eight-myself and my rwo sons, Andre and Nick, and their school buddies Jerome and Alex. The snow was still frozen as we traversed beneath the long, jagged ridge of the Tschingelhorn, a bloom of sunlight projecting over us …Read More
Rolling Stone December 23, 1971
It was the Reverend’s 73rd birthday: he was in fine spirits. Someone in England had sent him a box of small cigars and he’d been smoking on them steadily in spite of a bad cold. When we reached the standstill in front of the Midtown Tunnel, he suddenly broke out coughing, …Read More
The Rain Forest: A Close Up Look
Boston Museum of Science Magazine, October 1990
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Note: We recieved a recent email asking for a link from this article to their page and have obliged. Banana Garden.Com is a site devoted to the rainforest plant and banana. June ’07
The science writer Timothy Ferris and I were bouncing …Read More
Adirondack Life, May/June 1990
After an absence of three weeks (I had been in Peru, which seemed on the verge of plunging into chaos and anarchy), I reached my home -a small log cabin high in the Adirondacks -late in the night of last April 30. The deep, undisturbed sleep I immediately sank into, which I’d …Read More
This is the complete original version, a few sentances were cut from the version that appeared in Lapis Magazine, Issue 4, Spring 1997.
I had been to Nsambya Hospital seven years earlier, to interview Sister Nelizinho Carvalho, a heroic nun who had started the first blood-screening program in AIDS-ravaged Kampala. This time I was looking …Read More