Summertime simmers with a wave of talent
By Lynn Israel, Columbia Tribune, www.ColumbiaTribune.com
Published Sunday, June 12, 2005. © Columbia Tribune, 2005.
As thermometers rise, so, too, does the level of artistic endeavors percolating in Columbia this summer.
To begin with, let's consider some books that might be perfect for curling up in an air-conditioned nook on a hot June day...
For those of you who have not heard of The Ringing Cedars Series by Russian author Vladimir Megre, you most likely will in the near future. The books - with such titles as "The Space of Love" and "Anastasia" - address the critical relationship between man, nature, spirituality and more.
They have become massive bestsellers in Russia, Germany and elsewhere, and Leonid Sharashkin, a doctoral candidate in forestry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, predicts the books will capture a wide audience in this country. Sharashkin, the editor of two of the volumes, said he compares Megre's impact to Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" or Aldo Leopold's "Sand County Almanac." He is researching the ideas explored in the books and their implications for agriculture, forestry, philosophy and more.
The books are available at the Web site www.RingingCedarsofRussia.com.