Articles Published in The New Yorker

The Intelligent Plant

In 1973, a book claiming that plants were sentient beings that feel emotions, prefer classical music to rock and roll, and can respond to the unspoken thoughts of humans hundreds of miles away landed on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction. “The Secret Life of Plants,” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, presented a beguiling mashup of legitimate plant science, quack experiments, and mystical nature worship that captured the public imagination at a time when New Age thinking was seeping into the mainstream.

Paradise Sold: What are you buying when you buy organic?

Michael Pollan's outstanding "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" is a wide-ranging invitation to think through the moral ramifications of our current eating habits.