From the Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian basin in Pennsylvania, where the fracked gas boom is in full force, to Trenton, New Jersey, just south of Washington's Crossing––where, on December 25, 1776, General George Washington and his troops made their famous crossing and launched the Battle of Trenton––the question moved from neighbor to neighbor in the communities along the pristine upper reaches of the Delaware River, one of the healthiest watersheds in the United States. "Have you heard about the pipeline?"
Critically-acclaimed author and former president of PEN American Center, Edmund Keeley personalizes environmental issues in his new novel set in Princeton, NJ.
How rare, how perfect. But perhaps this safe, quiet space can be seen as a gift allowing us the opportunity to break out of old patterns, to think generously and create dangerously.
The author of three critically acclaimed collections of poetry (The Body’s Question, 2003; Duende, 2007; and Life on Mars, 2011), Tracy K. Smith’s experience as Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s protégé has compelled her to re-imagine her designation as “poet” in order to become a writer in a wider sense of the term.
I did not know why I had picked Lindisfarne out of all the monastery schools of the Dark Ages, and I did not know what I would do when I got there, but I went on all the same. In 1972, after traveling around the world for three months, I finally came to Holy Island off the coast of Northumbria in early autumn, and had only a few minutes to cross before the tide flooded the channel.
Pediatrician Jerry Ehrlich said he “stuffed the children’s drawings into the pages of the New York Times,” to get them out of Africa without detection. The humanitarian group for which he had volunteered his services, Doctors without Borders, would have confiscated the drawings had they found them.
I like the word “wild" in our title, too, because rarely do rivers end up exactly the way you expect them to. Of course, water is really the most important life source and after you read a great story or article, don’t you feel refreshed?
While working for TIME magazine, I was assigned to interview an actor shooting a movie in New York. The movie was Midnight Cowboy. The big star in the movie was Jon Voight. While waiting to interview Voight, I whiled away the time talking to his co-star – a little-known actor whom no one seemed interested in and who seemed eager to please. His name, as it turned out, was Dustin Hoffman.
In the sixth century BC, legend has it that a wickedly playful character named Thespis of Icarius was born. According to some, Thespis’s life and work ushered in a new realm of Greek theater — individuals who acted out written plays in original performances.
They had Earth Day here in New Jersey this past spring, which is like having a one-day moratorium on gambling in Vegas. Eco Chic is shaking up and shaking down the world with a post-nineteenth century Shaker furniture blowout frenzy. The coffers of the climate control complex are also filling quickly with government contracts.
The miracle is that mathematics is the language that nature talks. Freeman Dyson Mathematician from the film Quark Park
"Where will the next generation of scientists come from?" lamented Hai-Lung Dai, Dean of the College of Science and Technology at Temple University during a recent graduation ceremony.
"To see the world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour…"
"Auguries of Innocence," William Blake
But, ‘Anything can happen’ also means: the stakes are high. You could make a friend. You could lose a friend. You could gain understanding. You could come up hard against all that you don’t know – hopefully both.
Scientist and entrepreneur Greg Olsen isn't your average billionaire.
Convicted of juvenile delinquency for stealing hubcaps, Olsen failed trigonometry in high school. But, in 1957, he also watched Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite, orbit the Earth and the experience left its mark.