The Magnetic North

Monday, March 07, 2011

Travel writer Sara Wheeler uncovers the beautiful, brutal reality of the Arctic in her latest book, The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle. Wheeler travels with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, herds reindeer across the tundra with the Lapps, and shadows the Trans-Atlantic pipeline with truckers, all in an effort to understand the role of the Arctic in public and in private life.


Sara Wheeler

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Comments [2]

Monica from Manhattan

I have long been fascinated by the Arctic and specifically the people that live there. I can't wait to read this book.
Isn't the term "Lapp" considered offensive? I thought it wasn't used anymore.

I was fortunate enough to have a college professor bring in an ethnomusicologist who presented Sami music. I was hooked immediately.

Mar. 07 2011 12:54 PM
Deb from NY

Do you really believe that researchers who spend the majority of their time at sub-human temperatures in extreme conditions are in it for the money? Perhaps large companies want certain results, but impuning the integrity of researchers is a cheap shot. If you do stipulate to the premise that research scientists are all corruptible, please also change the sentence a little: All physicians will give you the diagnosis you want for a price. All women will do whatever you want them to for a price.

Mar. 07 2011 12:53 PM

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