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Guest Post: Modernity and Its Malcontents: or, Why Make Fun of the Puritans?

The following guest post comes to us from Chris Fite, who is a PhD student in History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the histories of botany, horticulture, and agriculture. He is currently following the trail of William J. Robbins, American botanist and longtime director of the New York Botanical Garden. Among other things, Robbins liked to remind people, “Without plants, we would starve to death, die of suffocation and expire from a combination of deficiency diseases.” The New Yorker recently published a short humor piece called “Puritan Yoga.” It imagines a contemporary Read more