A poignant plea to save region’s natural legacy By Linda Elisabeth Beattie Special to The Courier-Journal Like all Sierra Club publications, Coal Country: Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Mining, edited by Shirley Stewart Burns, Mari-Lynn Evans and Silas House, is a testament to painterly prose and top-notch graphic design. But this collection of essays and … Read more
Vatican denounces Avatar movie – sent in response to comparisons of the Coal Country book and Avatar the movie.
Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican newspaper and radio station have called the film “Avatar” simplistic, and criticized it for flirting with modern doctrines that promote the worship of nature as a substitute for religion. L’Osservatore Romano and Vatican Radio dedicated ample coverage to James Cameron’s big-grossing, 3-D spectacle. But … Read more
Coal Country the Book: A masterpiece of essays about contemporary coal mining. By Stephen Fesenmaier
Shirley Stewart Burns, Mari-Lynn Evans and Silas House have done an exceptional job editing many essays by the leading opponents of mountaintop removal mining. This is the perfect companion book to the great film by Mari-Lynn Evans that I have called “the “Harlan County, USA” of the 21st century.Articles range from Nick Clooney, an Appalachian … Read more
Nick Clooney, in the foreword to Coal Country: Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Mining (Sierra Club Books, $25.95), a companion book to Sierra Club’s new feature-length documentary, remarks that his Irish immigrant ancestors moved to Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountain region in part because “it had a hundred shades of green.” It’s a striking image to bear … Read more