Air Cover


The Restless Shaper of the World

By William Bryant Logan

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393067989, 398pp.

Publication Date: August 20, 2012

Ignorance of the air is costly. The artist Eva Hesse died of inhaling her fiberglass medium. Thousands were sickened after 9/11 by supposedly safe air. The African Sahel suffers drought in part because we fill the air with industrial dusts. With the passionate narrative style and wide-ranging erudition that have made William Bryant Logan's work a touchstone for nature lovers and environmentalists, Air is like the contents of a bag of seaborne dust that Darwin collected aboard the Beagle a treasure trove of discovery.