It’s wordy, thorough and diverse. Dispatches from a Vanishing World is the nerve centre for former New Yorker and Vanity Fair long-format fact writer Alex Shoumatoff. Once described by The New York Times as “consistently the farthest-flung of the New Yorker’s far-flung correspondants”, Shoumatoff has compiled a series of essays on everything from Brazilian swamps, prairie churches, flamingos and possibilities for Cuba.
Dispatches from the Vanishing World is a forum for documenting and raising consciousness about the world’s fast-disappearing biological and cultural diversity. It provides first-hand, in-depth reporting from the last relatively pristine places on earth, identifies who and what is destroying them, and who is engaged in the heroic and often life-threatening struggle to save them. It provides foundations involved in environmental or cultural preservation with two services : 1) a full, independent assessment their program or cause, and 2) publicity by adapting the assessment for publication in one of the top American magazines or as a book.