SCOTT HULER - Describing The Basics With ON THE GRID
Scott Huler presents his new ON THE GRID: A PLOT OF LAND, AN AVERAGE NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE
SYSTEMS THAT MAKES OUR WORLD WORK. This NC author of the fascinating DEFINING THE WIND brings
infrastructure to life with fascinating,
back-to-basics information about the systems we all depend on.
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A lively, captivating investigation into the infrastructure that makes society possible. In our daily lives, we’re surrounded by wires, pipes, utility poles, cell phone towers, and a myriad of other infrastructure that facilitate almost everything we do. Even though these systems are essential, when was the last time you gave them much thought?
Not only is infrastructure shrouded in mystery, much of it is woefully out of date—bridges are falling, public transportation is overcrowded, and most roads haven’t been updated since the 1950s. In ON THE GRID, Scott Huler sets out to understand all of the systems that shape our society—from transportation, water, and garbage to the Internet coming through our cable lines.
He begins his entertaining, fascinating journey at his house in Raleigh, North Carolina, and travels everywhere from the inside of a storm water pipe to the sewers of ancient Rome. Each chapter follows one element of infrastructure back to its source. Huler visits power plants, watches new asphalt pavement being laid, and traces a drop of water backward from his faucet to the Gulf of Mexico. He reaches out to guides along the way, both the workers who operate these systems and the people who plan them.
A mesmerizing and hilarious narrative, ON THE GRID is filled with amazing insights, interviews, and stories that bring an overlooked but indispensable subject to life. You’ll never look at your day the same way again.
DEFINING THE WIND is a wonderfully written account of one man’s crusade to learn about what the wind is made of by tracing the history of the Beaufort Scale and its eccentric creator, Sir Francis Beaufort. It’s as much about the language we use to describe our world as it is an exhortation to observe it more closely.
When NPR contributor Scott Huler made one more attempt to get through James Joyce’s ULYSSES, he had no idea it would launch an obsession with the book’s inspiration: the ancient Greek epic THE ODYSSEY and the lonely homebound journey of its Everyman hero, Odysseus. NO-MAN'S LANDS is Huler’s funny and touching exploration of the life lessons embedded within The Odyssey, a legendary tale of wandering and longing that could be read as a veritable guidebook for middle-aged men everywhere. At age forty-four, with his first child on the way, Huler felt an instant bond with Odysseus, who fought for some twenty years against formidable difficulties to return home to his beloved wife and son. In reading The Odyssey, Huler saw the chance to experience a great vicarious adventure as well as the opportunity to assess the man he had become and embrace the imminent arrival of both middle age and parenthood.