“We need food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare, but we deserve that unquantifiable, experiential thing that is education, culture, leisure, beauty, nature.”
Tag: Climate Change
Novelist Jesmyn Ward is known for historical grandiosity, but her long-overlooked book “Sing, Unburied, Sing” turns away from realism into the realm of generic strangeness.
Unlike us today, the Victorians who discovered this stone forest were less afraid of the future than they were of forgetting the past.
Amid this turbulent present, can poetry call attention to creative forms of survival and persistence, human and nonhuman?
“Octavia Butler teaches us,” explains Black playwright Ericka Dickerson-Despenza, “…that we have two options in Apocalypse: adapt or die.”
Once, radical artists and thinkers shook up conservatives. Now, it’s the right gleefully transgressing a “moralizing” left. What happened?
"The ways in which the community itself is breaking down felt like end game capitalism."
Digital tech cannot stop climate change merely by “greening” individual consumption.
Energy sources shape, rather than simply serve, our social and cultural imaginaries. Recognizing this poses a different set of challenges for how we might contend with our current planetary emergency.
Climate change didn’t just wreck the planet; it closed off and reshaped the future. Even utopia—if we reach it—will be a mess.
Latin America shows how hard it is for states dependent on oil and gas—that is, practically the whole world—to break with fossil fuel capitalism.
Americans may not want to hear this, but it might be best if the US is not the country leading the world through the climate crisis.
When an increasingly uncomfortable climate forces more of life indoors, who might be forced to bear the costs?
What happens when we dismantle the monumental status of a figure like Shakespeare in the canon? What other voices rise to describe the world?
Can thinking like a plant save the world?
What should climate-change writing be? What is its ambition as it moves forward?
Human bodies in deep water feel nature’s power and our own relative weakness. As seas rise, we should heed the swimmers.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has been described as an unprecedented global event. Yet for some, the virus arrives with uncanny familiarity.
Today we know that, just as Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson predicted, economic elites will never relinquish supreme power easily.
I am tired of catalogues and catalogue poems, and of surveys and surveillance—though I appreciate a bird’s-eye view of the terrain as well as anyone.