What We’re Reading 12-21-12

You may not know this but Whole Earth Provision Co. was originally a bookstore. We still have lots of books and lots of readers on our staff. We share interesting articles and photographs among ourselves every day, so we thought we would share them with you too. Despite the general holiday craziness, we did find time to read this week!

Mount Everest and the Khumbu Icefall had their portrait taken 447 times. Those images were then combined into a single two billion pixels image.
Mount Everest and the Khumbu Icefall had their portrait taken 447 times. Those images were then combined into a single two billion pixels image. David Breashears explains why in an interview with NPR.

Do you wake up in the middle of the night? Turns out, that’s what Mother Nature intended. Learn more in this Delancey Place excerpt from Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. Randall.

“Using the word awesome was totally appropriate when it came to describing what the planet looked like.” The Overview Effect and the Psychology of Cosmic Awe from Brainpickings.


It always pays to think about ‘what is the history of the street that I live on’. PRI posted an audio slideshow on The Ghosts of History. More images at Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse’s Flickr page


This is one of an occasional series of posts of what we’re reading accomplishments of environmentalists, ecologists, travelers, adventurers, thinkers, artists, writers and scientists who have inspired us to a greater appreciation of and participation in life on planet Earth. Who has inspired you? Please let us know in the comments section, so we can add them to our reading list.

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