26 Jun '16, 5pm

Tales We Tell Our Children: “It is difficult to imagine how anyone who encounters these stories as ...

“It is difficult to imagine how anyone who encounters these stories as a youth could grow up to have anything other than profound respect for the latent power of the natural world.” On the comments page for a popular environmental radio show a listener asked for suggestions for books or stories on nature themes to read or to give to children — the kind that maybe influenced you when you were little. Three titles immediately came to mind, and now seem more relevant than ever. One was set in the steaming tropics — Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson (in Brazil, in 1938). The other two are set in the far north — To Build A Fire by Jack London (in the Klondike, in 1910) and Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy (in northern Russia, in 1895). Why they appealed to us as a child and seem even more relevant now is because each are about battles with extreme, elemental forces of c...

Full article: http://peakoil.com/generalideas/tales-we-tell-our-children

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