Saturday, September 26, 2009

Botany of Desire

A little review of my most recent intellectual read.

For those of you with an interest in plants and people and a curiousity is their relationship this book is one that will hold your attention. Author Michael Pollan takes four plants that have influenced people in differing ways and explores the way that the four main human desires have affected those plants over time. Apples:Sweetness, Tulips: Beauty, Marijuana:Intoxication, Potatoes:Power.

Each plant/desire is given a full chapter and I think he does a brilliant job showing the connection between each. Plus it is packed full of interesting historical facts.

I highly recommend it to all.

Also for those of you who like to have a visual, PBS will be airing a special next month called, "Botany of Desire" based on this book. I think the airing date is either the 18th or 28th.

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