Mainstream environmental discourse often employs emotions like fear, guilt, and outrage. But what about irony, humor, and irreverence? What feelings and what people get left out of environmentalism when we have such a limited emotional range?
The post Feeling Kinky about Environmentalism: A Conversation with Nicole Seymour appeared first on Edge Effects.
A historian planned a small study of cigarette culture. But she ended up uncovering a transnational network of seeds, plants, knowledge, and racist ideologies, and writing a book that transforms how we conceive of corporations and empire.
The post Tobacco’s World of Racial Capitalism: A Conversation with Nan Enstad appeared first on Edge Effects.
Last week's IPCC report sunk the spirits of many. But one veteran activist, with no time for despair, still believes in the power of citizens.
The post Creating the Climate Voter: A Conversation with Tia Nelson appeared first on Edge Effects.
With Aldo Leopold, Lao Tzu, and the trickster Coyote as his guides through the city, a writer explores how to live well with beavers, falcons, and the urban wilderness.
The post Urban Wilds and Modern Mythology: A Conversation with Gavin Van Horn appeared first on Edge Effects.
How is the musical history of animal imitation caught up in racism, sexism, and imperialist nostalgia? From classical music to whistling, this conversation explores the art and ethics of imitating, recording, and selling the sounds of the nonhuman world.
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The historian who wrote the book on a half millennium of Caribbean hurricanes turns to the still-unfolding disaster in Puerto Rico.
The post The Unlearned Lesson of Hurricane Maria: A Conversation with Stuart Schwartz appeared first on Edge Effects.
How does the celebrated author of the new story collection "Florida" write books in a poisoned, warming world? "By being constantly, constantly angry. All day long."
The post Why All Fiction Should Be Climate Fiction: A Conversation with Lauren Groff appeared first on Edge Effects.
Two geographers, co-editors of the new volume Historical Animal Geographies, discuss how the animals around us shape our histories, our environments, and the stories we tell about the world.
The post The Animals’ Guide to History: A Conversation with Stephanie Rutherford and Shari Wilcox appeared first on Edge Effects.
Astronauts love growing plants in space, and it turns out there are benefits for us on Earth. Botanist Simon Gilroy discusses his experiments growing cotton in zero gravity.
The post Gardening in Outer Space: A Conversation with Simon Gilroy appeared first on Edge Effects.
The Flint water crisis is not over. Anna Clark’s new book tells the history of how we got here and how lead is here to stay.
The post The Water’s Not Fine: A Conversation with Anna Clark appeared first on Edge Effects.
A historian implicates the canning industry in the rise of the industrial food system and our current public health crisis. And yet, she says, maligning canned food is not the answer.
The post What Canned Food Stands For: A Conversation with Anna Zeide appeared first on Edge Effects.
What is the relationship between American agriculture and democracy? In this lively interview, Jess Gilbert and Pete Daniel get to the root of their disagreement over the role of the state and debate what effects the writing of agricultural history has on policy making.
The post In Search of a Democratic Agrarian Tradition: A Conversation with Pete Daniel and Jess Gilbert appeared first on Edge Effects.
A new generation of experimental poets responds to the growing awareness of human impacts on the planet with work that challenges traditional nature poetry and poetic form.
The post Why We Need Experimental Poetry in the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Lynn Keller appeared first on Edge Effects.
The founder of Wisconsin Green Muslims talks about her group’s solar and water conservation work rooted in faith and justice, and its Greening Ramadan initiative for the Islamic holy month that begins this evening.
The post Muslims Stand Up for Environmental Justice: A Conversation with Huda Alkaff appeared first on Edge Effects.
The acclaimed author and activist, who has edited the new Library of America edition of "Silent Spring," reflects on how Carson changed her style of writing to become "defense attorney for the Earth."
The post Rachel Carson Joins the Literary Canon: A Conversation with Sandra Steingraber appeared first on Edge Effects.
How can we use the arts to decolonize our relations to the land? An artist, activist, and scholar discusses the many forms of creative resistance we can use to imagine and enact new and better worlds.
The post Indigenous Art as Creative Resistance: A Conversation with Dylan Miner appeared first on Edge Effects.
How do we expand the emotional range of environmental writing? One author argues that irreverence can be a potent form of subversion as we confront climate crisis.
The post Humor in Environmental Storytelling: A Conversation with Michael Branch appeared first on Edge Effects.
What would it mean to see through the eyes of dogs? The tangled histories of humans and animals show us how personhood, criminality, and cruelty are constructed.
The post What Dogs Can Teach Us About Justice: A Conversation with Colin Dayan appeared first on Edge Effects.
An anthropologist and activist discusses her work with Indigenous youth and how social services and other state programs may be colonial intervention by another name.
The post Indigenous Youth and the Changing Face of Settler Colonialism: A Conversation with Jaskiran Dhillon appeared first on Edge Effects.
Are there better ethics than hope? Two scholars with new books about the author of Walden reflect on Henry David Thoreau's environmental ethic, flirtations with despair, and anarchist politics.
The post Thoreau, Now More than Ever: A Conversation with Laura Dassow Walls and Daegan Miller appeared first on Edge Effects.