Magazine article Sierra

Silent Springe

Magazine article Sierra

Silent Springe

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Every culture has its classic mode of expression. Ancient Sumerians had cuneiform epics; Elizabethans had blank-verse drama; modern America has the personalized license plate. What follows is a retelling of Rachel Carson's familiar story in that medium: every word is from a genuine California vanity plate. If the monkeys who randomly type out the works of Shakespeare learn to drive, this story might zip past in the fast lane on the Hollywood Freeway. * Lest readers fear that Sierra has been seduced into celebrating internal combustion, we hasten to point out that proceeds from the sale of California personalized license plates go to the state Environmental Protection Program, where they have funded research on the northern spotted owl, monitoring of sea otter populations, conservation and management of bighorn sheep, and restoration of urban creeks. This year the state's 1.3 million vanity plates are expected to contribute almost $30 million to the cause of environmental protection. Their value to the cause of modern literature is obviously incalculable. * More of author Daniel Nussbaum's handiwork can be found in PL8SPK. Vanity Plates Retell the Classics (HarperCollinsWest, 1994). Nussbaum is a Sierra Club member who lives, naturally, in Los Angeles. For readers unfamiliar with the genre, he suggests thinking phonetically and reading aloud. Remember what you learned in the second grade: when in doubt, sound it out.

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