Los Angeles Review of Books: “D Is for Despair” Didn’t Sound So Good: A Conversation Between Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert

ELIZABETH KOLBERT HAS written three crucial books about climate change and the global environment: Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (2006), the Pulitzer-winning The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014) and Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future (2021). Her carefully reported New Yorker pieces—all the more powerful for […]

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Electric Literature: Emily Raboteau on Mothering in the Face of Climate Collapse

Electric Literature: Emily Raboteau on Mothering in the Face of Climate Collapse

Emily Raboteau’s essay collection Lessons for Survival: Mothering Against “The Apocalypse” opens in 2011, with the author on her way to a baby shower for her first child. While passing through Times Square, she spots a sign announcing that the world will end on her baby’s due date. She laughs it off, but as her […]

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Electric Literature: 8 Books about the Interdependence Between Humans and Animals

Electric Literature: 8 Books about the Interdependence Between Humans and Animals

Animals are all around us; as I write this, stinkbugs are crawling on my office window, squirrels are busy in the white pines and poplar trees, and (though I can’t see them) deer and bobcats are roaming not far away. Culture usually trains us to draw sharp lines between ourselves and all other species. We […]

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Electric Literature: Téa Obreht on the Serbian Folktales that Inspired Her Dystopian Novel

Electric Literature: Téa Obreht on the Serbian Folktales that Inspired Her Dystopian Novel

In Téa Obreht’s dystopian future, the lights are still on. Cell phones work, online forums breed new conspiracy theories, and the government functions—at least enough to distribute rations of “canned gruel.”  Set in a future of forest fires and submerged cities (the year is unspecified, but eating meat is considered a barbarism of the distant […]

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