I’m probably the only one who hasn’t read this book. Michael Pollan’s “The Botany of Desire” is the most well worn library book I’ve ever read. It’s wasted. But it still works. I’m not sure where to start on this one. I learned A LOT reading this book. Four species. Apples, tulips, cannabis and potatoes. Their history and how, in some ways, they have been leading us humans for as far back as our paths cross. I don’t know much about tulips but the other three species are familiar to me, each offering a long history unknown to yours truly. Yesterday I bought four different apples and I had a long conversation about cannabis. Today I will eat a potato. Reading a book like this reminds me of my place in the world and reminds me how little I know about simple things like nature, domestication, history, diversity and chemistry. Get it, read it.
A quote that stuck out.
“Sometimes the cause of civilization is best served by a hard stare into the soul of its opposite.”