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Harper's Index Book

Harper's Index Book

by Michael Pollan, Lewis H. Lapham (Introduction), Martin Avillez (Illustrator), Eric Etheridge

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gathered from the ``Harper's Index'' column in Harper's magazine, these facts are presented in stark language and frequently startle the reader: ``Portion of personal mail sent in 1985 that consisted of greeting cards: .'' Others capture the drifting tide of cultural events: ``Number of radio stations with a disco format today: 0.'' Numbers are combined in way to make eerie juxtapositions: ``Pounds of plutonium and highly enriched uranium that are missing from U.S. inventories: 9,600 pounds. Pounds of plutonium needed to make an atomic bomb: 15.'' Some baffle: ``Number of `telephone-related' injuries in 1985: 11,000.'' As Harper's editor Lapham notes, these numbers are ``fragmentary proofs of the world's density, wonder, contradictions, and desire.'' (June)

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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1st ed

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San Francisco Bay Area, California
Date of Birth:
February 6, 1955
Place of Birth:
Long Island, New York
Bennington College, Oxford University, and Columbia University

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