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Confronting Our Environmental Apocalypse: William Blake and the Imagination

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William Blake possessed an erratic imagination that serves as a fascinating example of how a literary artist can forges new modes of expression in order to stand before the shifting reality in which they live.

Reading Baldwin after Harvey: Why Climate Change is a Social Justice Issue

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Of course, the circumstances between Hurricane Harvey and the 1943 Harlem riots are different, but the fault lines exposed by those events are not.

Confronting Our Environmental Apocalypse: The Absurd

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In thinking about climate change, we can take a lesson from those masters of the absurd—Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, and Samuel Beckett—to conjure uncanny and grotesque situations that, more than a realistic or scientific view, may come closer to expressing the contradictions that make up our world.

Confronting Our Environmental Apocalypse: Climate Change, a Secular Christian Story

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The narrative surrounding climate change shares a number of surprising similarities to the Christian story. Developed in the shadow of an apocalypse, both present a set of ethical ideals that may be beyond human capacity to realize.

Confronting Our Environmental Apocalypse: Climate Change and the New Romanticism

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Last year Amitav Ghosh asked: where are the novels of climate change? Arguing that a limited sense of reality prevents us from accepting the truly uncanny threat that is climate change, Ghosh urges writers to be imaginatively bold and dynamic, and calls for a revival of Romanticism.

The Best Essay I Read This Month: “The Habits of Highly Cynical People” by Rebecca Solnit

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There are many benefits of cynicism. But there’s also a certain kind of knee-jerk, armchair cynicism that lets those who subscribe to it reduce complex political and social events to doomed exercises in futility, and to pretend to know the totality of their worth. That kind of thinking is

An Interview with Mary Pipher, Author of The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture

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The cure for knowing too much is not knowing less, but rather understanding what to do with the information we have. —Mary Pipher, The Green Boat It’s rare I finish a book wanting to shout from the rooftops how great it is, and even more rare that I read

How Can We Feed Our Creativity?

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For songwriter Vienna Teng, the secret seems to lie in her variety of influences. While I combed through your fabulous feedback (!) on What Poetry Can Learn from Pop Music last month, I connected with Teng for my ongoing interview series,  “Hey Guys, Other People Read Too!“  A Taiwanese-American songwriter, Vienna’s chamber-folk style has led her to