Saturday, June 20, 2009
June 20: No Salt for These Birds (Vol. 29, pp. 403-413)
It's hard to balance the Darwin of "The Origin of Species" with the Darwin of "The Voyage of the Beagle," where today's selection is drawn. While "Origin" advanced scientific knowledge, "Beagle" is merely a chronicle of white dudes frolicking with among the savages. You could easily excise "Beagle" from this series, and no one would utter the slightest protest.