By rights this re-view ought to include the many articles that have been assigned reading for the Environmental Humanities (MOOC) course I began in January run by the University of New South Wales via the UK platform, FutureLearn. So many times in the last few months I have wondered: what on earth was I thinking? And: who has the time, the wherewithal, to process this properly? But then, I remembered what I had been thinking and that, though I was not able to keep up at the pace the course was run, I do have time (especially as there no real limits on time; it being ostensibly self-paced.) It has been a rich course, one aligned with core values I hope my life is fruitfully entangeld with, and I have gained much insight and been able to think in good and generative ways with it.
- Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, Robin Sloane. Great title! The book itself is luminous. It shone at night on the shelf beside my bed. It’s low fantasy, wholly bookish, and it’s about reading, reading closely, and about print, both physical and virtual. It’s also, eccentrically, about the Gerritszoon font. An easy read, not without gems of insight, but mostly it felt like reading a comic. Was this an experiment approaching new modes of storytelling? Mmm. I’m not sure that it succeeds. Who loved it?
- Cobra, Deon Meyer
- A Banquet of Consequences, Elizabeth George
- Conclave, Robert Harris
- The Myth Gap, Alex Evans. Loved the connections made thinking with this book! Also, the portrayal of Margaret Barker of Temple Theology renown as ‘the real Indiana Jones’ I found quite delightful!
- Palace Walk, Naguib Mahfouz (on going)
- Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (on going)
- Japan’s Cultural Code Words, Boyé Lafayette de Mente
- Silence & Beauty, Makoto Fujimura (Lent book, ongoing)
EVEN SLOWER (~ CLASS PREP.)
- The Origin of Stories, Brian Boyd
- Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson
- “All that offers a happy ending is a fairytale,” (Granta), “To Speak is to Blunder” (New Yorker), YiYun Li
- “The Smallest Woman in the World,” Clarice Lispector (Dodson, trans.)
- “Karaoke Culture”(Williams, trans.), “Questions to an Answer”(Hawkeworth, trans.), Dubravka Ugresic
+ Aspen to Go
- Tom Friedman Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (12.21.2016)
- Drew Gilpin-Faust & Leon Wieseltier Humanities in Decline: A Cultural Crisis (8.31.2016)
+ The Anthill
- The Future (2.23.2017)
+ London Review Bookshop
- On Benedict Anderson (5.18. 2016)
+ Tim Ferris
- With Krista Tippett Calming Philosophies for Chaotic Times (2.21.2017)
Anyone with ears or eyes knows of Tim Ferris and his 4 hour work week. I’d never encountered his work before, only the promos. This was a most enjoyable interview which runs about 2 hours that I listened to lying in bed one afternoon at the beginning of what has lately blossomed into bronchitis.
+ BBC World Service, In The Balance
- The End of Ownership (4.3.2017) [Notes on the Circular Economy]
+ Intelligence Squared, Yuval Noah Harari
Myths we need to survive
+ Inside Out
+ A New Story for Humanity: Change the Story, Change the World (Findhorn, 1h42″), which you can read about here.
+ Mozart in the Jungle