I’ve been meaning to read Rachel Carson‘s Silent Spring for a long time; perhaps the Rachel Carson Online Book Club will provide the motivation I need. Over the next nine months, authors, professors, scientists, and other Rachel Carson experts will moderate weekly discussions about Carson’s life and her work. Folks like Linda Lear, a Carson biographer, John Elder, a literature professor at Middlebury College, and Cindy VanDover, a marine biologist will pose questions and participate in discussions. Titles to be discussed include Silent Spring, Lost Woods, and The Edge of the Sea, among other works both by and about Carson.
Sometimes it’s easy to dismiss blogs (and other social software like wikis or MySpace) as low quality or a waste of time. The Rachel Carson Online Book Club is a great reminder of the amazing things the read/write web makes possible.