NYT Book Review in which the NYT changes its longstanding policy of lowercasing the word EARTH as earth and now has decided to capitalize it
NYT Book Review in which the NYT changes its longstanding policy of lowercasing the word EARTH as earth and now has decided to capitalize it as we had suggested in a lobbying effort of over 100 letters to the books editor, writing it now as Earth in this review: ‘The Moth Snowstorm,’ and Other Natural Bliss-Outs
For the word porn alone, nature writing can be its own giddy reward. Consider the names of shorebirds, which Michael McCarthy deploys to voluptuous effect in “The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy.” Dunlins. Great knots. Curlews. Nordmann’s greenshanks. Bar-tailed godwits.
Not one of them a creature in Rubeus Hagrid’s hut, amazingly enough.
Mr. McCarthy is an environmental journalist in Britain. As a writer and observer, he shares certain similarities with his countryman Robert Macfarlane, whose “Landmarks” came out in the United States this summer. Mr. McCarthy, too, writes about the natural world as if he’s of it, not apart from it, in language both sumptuous and attuned. (His discussion of waders searching for lugworms leaves little room for doubt: He is the bard of mud.) He too has a mystical sense of place.
“The Moth Snowstorm,” however, is much more than a paean to the Earth’s beauty. It is also an elegy for it, and a particularly distressed one at that.- http://ruthlesseditor.com/when-to-capitalize-earth/