A New York Times Magazine article titled “Bloom Town: The Wild Life of American Cities” got my attention and that of several Rant readers, who wrote to me about it. And no wonder – it appears to be about a subject we’ve written about here over the years, and I eagerly read it. Then I read it again in an attempt to determine the POINT of it. Then I consulted a very careful reader friend of mine who declared herself bored by the article because it “has no central message” and was mere ” filler.” So I feel a lot better about not gleaning its message myself.
Though maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I was put off by the statement early on that “urban plants were more likely to be able to fertilize themselves,” by which the author was referring to reproduction, not the making of nutrients. The author is listed as the science editor for BoingBoing.
So sorry, readers, I won’t be summarizing and commenting on this article but please offer your own take on it right here in a comment.Posted by Susan Harris on December 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm, in the category Everybody's a Critic.