Free Read [Christian Book] ê Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth - by William Bryant Logan ✓

By William Bryant Logan | Comments: ( 395 ) | Date: ( Jan 20, 2020 )

You are about to read a lot about dirt, which no one knows very much about So begins the cult classic that brings mystery and magic to that stuff that won t come off your collar John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Saint Phocas, Darwin, and Virgil parade through this thought provoking work, taking their place next to the dung beetle, the compost heap, dowsing, historical far You are about to read a lot about dirt, which no one knows very much about So begins the cult classic that brings mystery and magic to that stuff that won t come off your collar John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Saint Phocas, Darwin, and Virgil parade through this thought provoking work, taking their place next to the dung beetle, the compost heap, dowsing, historical farming, and the microscopic biota that till the soil Whether William Bryant Logan is traversing the far reaches of the cosmos or plowing through our planet s crust, his delightful, elegant, and surprisingly soulful meditations greatly enrich our concept of dirt, that substance from which we all arise and to which we all must return.


  • Title: Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth
  • Author: William Bryant Logan
  • ISBN: 9780393329476
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

William Bryant Logan

William Bryant Logan is a certified arborist and president of Urban Arborists, Inc a Brooklyn based tree company Logan has won numerous Quill and Trowel Awards from the Garden Writers of America and won a 2012 Senior Scholar Award from the New York State chapter of the International Society of Arborists He also won an NEH grant to translate Calderon de la Barca He is on faculty at NYBG and is the author of Oak and Dirt, the latter of which was made into an award winning documentary The same filmmakers are currently planning a documentary made from Air He lives in New York City.



Comments Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth

  • Charlene

    This book started out extremely strong, which gave me such high hopes. For example, Logan reminded me of an awesome geology professor I had who would yell at us with great sincerity to, "Never disrespect dirt!" Logan began his book in the most incredible chapter, designed to help the reader place themselves in the universe, in the world, looking at existence through a very wide lens. He reminded the reader that dirt is older than humans, older than the very earth upon which it sits, and eve olde [...]


  • Nickprince

    Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth is a fascinating look at one of the most basic and seemingly boring topics: dirt. As the name implies, William Bryant Logan makes the inanimate ground beneath our feet come alive with excitement as he explains the ways that soil is dynamic and ever-changing. Slow as this change might be, the world will never be the same after reading Logan’s book.Dirt, derived from dritten, an uncouth word for manure in Old Norse, has a highly misleading and boring name in [...]


  • Tiffany

    Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth is penned in the style of poetic memoir, and while a natural history of soil could easily bog a reader down with tedious minutiae and scientific jargon, Logan finds a way to make his subject matter accessible and even thrilling to the reader, connecting the science of the earth with its spiritual implications and the beauty of the relentless cycle of growth, death, and rejuvenation. Dirt is chock full of mythology, history, and poetry. Read it! It's good! It' [...]


  • B. Rule

    I really enjoyed this, despite its somewhat odd approach. This isn't really a science book, although Logan occasionally tells you about scientific details about soil science. Neither does it follow a straightforward path standard for these books, where the author travels around and learns more about his subject (although parts of the book are like that). Rather, this is a series of poetic and semi-religious meditations on ecology, celebrating the wonder inherent in the natural world. Logan attem [...]


  • Allen Steele

    very over the top, you could tell he knew his stuff, however, he took the time make sure you knew he did. some references we're very obscure.


  • Jon

    I never thought a book about dirt could be so poetic. Logan describes many of the topics of soil science by providing wonderful anecdotes. For example, he describes John Adams' personal love for manure. Sounds mundane, but it is anything but. It's very fascinating. Logan gets into the nitty gritty of the ground beneath our feet and turns it into something beautiful. I would recommend this book to fans of Cosmos and anyone interested in learning more about what is in their garden.


  • Edward

    Having been raised on a farm, it was ironic to read this book and realize how little I knew about the “dirt” that nourished the wheat crops which in turn provided my parents with a living. Dirt to me was just dirt. How naive I was!The book is a collection of essays, organized into eight categories, put together by Logan who was an environmental columnist for the New York Times. Some are whimsical and personal, others more scientific and objective. I think a summary ending best captures what [...]


  • Grace

    From the standpoint of a budding soil scientist, but ever the naturalist, this book nearly bored me to tears. While it was a quick read, interesting in parts, it was also a series of non-connecting short stories about one guy's encounters with dirt, either in physical or academic form. The topics Logan glossed over are just about everything from how soil is formed from interstellar dust (at the beginning of the planet's creation) to worms in the dirt. Most, however, were mini stories or quotes a [...]


  • Anna

    I vacillated a lot on my rating of this book. On the one hand, it's very well written an English-major kind of way. On the other hand, I found the book very slow going because I wasn't learning muchuntil I would suddenly hit an extremely eye-opening passage. On the third hand, I wanted to dock a star simply because there were far too many biblical bits, but I know that's just my grumpiness at work. And, on the fourth hand, what's with the infinitesimal font?On the whole, I'd recommend Dirt for p [...]


  • Jennifer

    I was really expecting less talking and more science. Sometimes the anti-science attitude was downright annoying. Other times, much of what he said sounded surprisingly like, oh I don't know, science? Don't get me wrong, as both a degree-holder in science (physics), and a gardener, and an amateur writer, I enjoyed the book - it's just not what I expected.Also, I guess this was the right man to write a book like this. He certainly knows how to make and find dirty allegories. Was he a shrink of th [...]


  • Justus

    Thoughtful, beautiful (and informative) meditations dirt. It is a great melodious read that has stayed with me for the past seven years. His other book Oak is interesting, but not nearly as universal and powerful as this one.


  • Marilyn Chandler

    A remarkable rhapsody on the life of soil. Accessible and engaging even for those who might not hasten to pick up a book about soil--beautifully, thoughtfully written. Makes you want to walk more gently and look more closely.


  • Gallerywright

    wonderful little book, well written and brings your attention to dirt, soil and grit in a most profound way.


  • Cameron Bernard

    A grand little book about the soil out of which we have all risen. Each essay/chapter is poetic, informative, and enjoyable.


  • Erica

    I'm loving this poetic, scientific meditation on dirt.


  • Cheri

    I'll start with what I didn't like about the book, because it's less than what I liked about the book.I didn't appreciate all the coupling of science and data with Christian theology. It started off being real heavy, and almost put me off to reading the book entirely. Later, there becomes more of a balanced multi-religious/cultural perspective added with the inclusion of history and writing on the topic of dirt, agriculture, etc but as I said - the beginning almost put me off. It was jarring to [...]


  • Elentarri

    I was looking for a book that explained what dirt/soil is, how it forms, it's various components and how these affect plants and animals etc. In short, a science book. Well, this isn't that book. This book was a collection of short, disjointed, memoir-type stories of the author's encounters with dirt. There were only a few grains of useful or interesting information in this book. Otherwise it was rather tedious.


  • Bryan McNeil

    A prosaic ode to dirtI loved this book. At times reminiscent of Wendell Barry, ranging from stardust and cosmic forces to microbes and worm turds, this book goes considers what dirt is, how it comes to be, and what forces are required to maintain good dirt health. It also contains the first plausible theory I have encountered for a (geological, in this case) theory for the first emergence of life on Earth. A couple of chapters seem unnecessary or out of place, but I really enjoyed this book!


  • Bill

    This is an odd combination of science, history, literature, personal reminiscences and religious observations, all connected in the author's mind somehow with dirt or soil. I had hoped for a layman's introduction to soil science. There was some of that, and those parts were interesting, but the author's often odd or minimally relevant personal associations were too distracting.


  • Mary

    Delightful read


  • Judy

    interesting facts but plodding


  • Mary Kay

    Very interesting, but reads a little like a collection of essays. I certainly learned from it though am not much interested in pursuing more depth in soil science.


  • Eric

    This book was written by the author of Oak which is, I think, my favorite natural history book. Dirt was written much earlier and shows by way of contrast the excellence of his latter work. That being said, Dirt is still a book well worth your time. The book consists of typically short chapters, organized into eight sections. The chapters range from John Adams compost recipe to geological descriptions of clay. Some of my favorite chapters were the ones on farming in Rome, on old stone quarries, [...]


  • Jacob Lines

    Dirt is a surprising and delightful book. It is about dirt – what it is, what it does, how it comes to exist, why we care. It is a book about nature – and everything else. Bryant doesn’t just talk science. He uses literature, myth, science, history, beautiful speculation, personal experience, and wide-eyed wonder to give a profound and beautiful picture of the earth’s skin and our relationship to it. You probably never knew how interesting compost is. Never heard of Saint Phocas becoming [...]


  • Justin Bruener

    William Bryant Logans’ Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth attempts to do what no other book on “dirt” has done before: capture it’s image in entirety. Going beyond what many books on the natural history of “Soil” and its physical properties describe quite analytically (those properties such as classification, nomenclature and chemical properties) Logan’s literature is a rather prosaic yet remarkably poetic memoir on his philosophy,encounters and beliefs about “dirt”. It doesn [...]


  • Dan

    A beautifully-thought-out, well written and deeply spiritual book about the most basic stuff on the world. We spend our entire lives upon it, our bodies ultimately become part of it, and we expend huge amounts of energy, time and resources trying to expel it from our lives, our homes and our awareness. We hardly ever think about it except as a nuisance. But without it there would be no us to sweep it away.It's not many books that I keep for my permanent colection but this will definitely be one. [...]


  • Wendy Feltham

    I read this book for my Natural History book club. I was excited to read a book about soil, as it's always fascinated me. I wanted to understand the complexity of soil and its history, what lives in soil, what composes soil. I found William Bryant Logan's book to be a collection of the author's experiences with different aspects of dirt, some of which were interesting. He also included some unrelated facts that were quite fascinating-- Alexander the Great's body was transported home in a vat of [...]


  • Jacob

    In Dirt, Logan discusses many topics that involve dirt, but it is divided up awkwardly into 2-4 page sections. Each one speaking to something a little different. He invokes the name of Hans Jenny too much. I still have no idea who that guy was, but Logan talks about him a lot. I liked the book, but I wish it had more valuable info like his Oak: The Framework of Civilization. I don't know who believes this stuff, but Logan struggles to merge gagillion year old 'geology' and evolution with poetic [...]


  • Paula

    What a wonderful read! This isn't a long book, and the chapters are all only about 3 pages each. All on different subjects related to dirt. Who knew there was so much to learn about dirt! I have to admit, other than wanting good dirt in my garden, I really never gave it a lot of thought. But the author proves there's much, much to say and learn about dirt, and probably much more that is still undiscovered about it. After reading this book, you will really look at the dirt beneath your feet in a [...]


  • Mark

    Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, by William Bryant Logan, 1994. This is a book that is very informative, often surprising, sometimes moving, and easy to read. I liked it a lot, though occasionally the author seemed to be stretching it. But a book with three successive chapters on clay being easy to read and interesting? (Partly has to do with short chapters). But it is. Did you know the Earth had a twelve thousand year rainstorm way back when? Most interesting, though—Logan’s frequent r [...]


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