Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor

Another feature of Boston's extreme landscaping program, Spectacle Island doesn't look like a pair of spectacles and more, thanks to a massive program of trash dumping that went on there for decades, expanding the land in just about the most toxic way that you might care to think of. It's been sealed and surfaced over now, however, and turned into a park with lots of picnic tables. I feel very ambiguous about this island, but always get a thrill from seeing it and thinking about its history. It also plays a major role in one of my favorite books of all time, "Zodiac" by Neal Stephenson, an eco-genetic-engineering thriller that is one of his first novels and still my favorite of all his works.