Dear Taliban Commander

One of my own favorite lines from The Hundred Hearts is something Jeremy Merkin says to his grandfather, Al, as they argue about the My Lai massacre: “When you find yourself pointing a gun at women and children, that’s how you know you’re on the...

Books I’ve Read: March – July, 2013

Note: This entry is not intended to be a work of literary criticism, but rather to make brief notes about books I’ve read recently and enjoyed. Publishers and authors, please be aware that no comments made on this page may be used as blurb or promotional copy...

Geoff Lawton and Zaytuna Farm

Geoff Lawton is one of the leading lights of the permaculture movement. His video “Greening The Desert” is an astounding documentary about the power of permaculture to transform an utterly arid and apparently dead landscape into a vibrant, life-sustaining...

Compost Is Sexy (Part Deux)

I spend a fair amount of time on Reddit.com, which is where you can peruse various subreddits (sites within the site) that are tailored to your interests. One of my favorites is /r/permaculture. Today, a user named dontjudgethename posted this link to the University...

Compost Is Sexy

Think about it. You take a pile of kitchen scraps and mix them with some dead leaves. You throw them on the ground, and millions of bacteria start going at it almost immediately. They reproduce in a mad frenzy of carnality. They don’t give a fig for morals. You...