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Richard Powers

The Overstory

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    Maxim Balabinmembuat kutipantahun lalu
    It says: A good answer must be reinvented many times, from scratch.
    Дарья Ермаковаmembuat kutipan2 bulan yang lalu
    She thinks, as she does several times a week, how lucky she has been, to spend these few blessed years married to the one man on Earth who’d let her spend most of her life alone.
    Caro San Pedromembuat kutipan6 bulan yang lalu
    Tea from infant trees for heart trouble,
    leaves from young sprouts to cure sores,
    cold bark brew to stop bleeding after birth,
    warmed galls to pare back an infant’s navel,
    leaves boiled with brown sugar for coughs,
    poultices for burns, leaves to stuff a talking mattress,
    an extract for despair, when anguish is too much. . . .
    mariapellicermembuat kutipan7 bulan yang lalu
    That’s when Adam realizes: Humankind is deeply ill. The species won’t last long. It was an aberrant experiment. Soon the world will be returned to the healthy intelligences, the collective ones. Colonies and hives.
    Simon Dunlopmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    Do you believe human beings are using resources faster than the world can replace them?”
    The question seems so far beyond calculation it’s meaningless. Then some small jam in him dislodges, and it’s like an unblinding. “Yes.”
    “Thank you!” She’s pleased with her overgrown pupil. He grins back. Maidenhair’s head bobs forward and her eyebrows flare. “And would you say that the rate is falling or rising?”
    He has seen the graphs. Everyone has. Ignition has only just started.
    “It’s so simple,” she says. “So obvious. Exponential growth inside a finite system leads to collapse.
    Simon Dunlopmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    You’ll want to learn what your work’s been up to, while you were gone.”
    Simon Dunlopmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    s if forests were waiting all these four hundred million years for us newcomers to come cure them. Science in the service of willful blindness:
    Simon Dunlopmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    She sees it in one great glimpse of flashing gold: trees and humans, at war over the land and water and atmosphere. And she can hear, louder than the quaking leaves, which side will lose by winning.
    Simon Dunlopmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    . Only one conclusion makes any sense: The wounded trees send out alarms that other trees smell. Her maples are signaling
    Polina Karuikmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    There was a geometry to this constant splitting, a balance to the various thicknesses and lengths that lay beyond his powers as an artist to reveal.
    Polina Karuikmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    water rises through the xylem and disperses out of the million tiny mouths on the undersides of leaves, a hundred gallons a day evaporating from the tree’s airy crown into the humid Iowa air.
    Polina Karuikmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    the trunks change to gray-white skeletons in a rippling wave.
    Polina Karuikmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    the southern trees are gods.
    Polina Karuikmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    The tree of the tanning industry, of railroad ties, train cars, telegraph poles, fuel, fences, houses, barns, fine desks, tables, pianos, crates, paper pulp, and endless free shade and food—the most harvested tree in the country—is vanishing.
    Polina Karuikmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    the tree makes leaves from nothing. In the next, it offers up everything to the thickening light.
    Polina Karuikmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    where men and trees take the most surprising outings.
    Polina Karuikmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    The nuts want to slip free of their spiny protection. Each one volunteers to be eaten, so others might be spread far afield.
    Polina Karuikmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    Old trees are our parents, and our parents’ parents, perchance. If you would learn the secrets of Nature, you must practice more humanity. . . .
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