Faculty Book: John Waldman
John Waldman, ed.
Still the Same Hawk: Reflections on Nature and New York
(Fordham University Press, 2012)
This book brings into conversation diverse and intriguing perspectives on the relationship between nature and America’s most prominent city. How can a hawk nesting above Fifth Avenue become a citywide phenomenon? Or a sudden butterfly migration at Coney Island energize the community? Why does the presence of a community garden or an empty lot ripple so differently through the surrounding neighborhood? Why does nature even matter to New Yorkers, who choose to live in the concrete jungle? Still the Same Hawk examines these questions with a rich mix of creative nonfiction that ranges from analytical to anecdotal and humorous. Waldman’s sharp, well-crafted introduction presenting dualism as the defining quality of urban nature is followed by contributions from Betsy McCully, Christopher Meier, Tony Hiss, Kelly McMasters, Dara Ross, William Kornblum, Phillip Lopate, David Rosane, Robert Sullivan, Anne Matthews, Devin Zuber, and Frederick Buell. John Waldman (Prof., Queens) is on the doctoral faculty in biology and earth and environmental sciences.
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Submitted on: OCT 31, 2012