The Derrick Jensen Reader: Writings on Environmental Revolution

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In an age marked by seemingly unstoppable environmental collapse and the urgent quest for solutions, environmental philosopher Derrick Jensen, the voice of the growing deep ecology movement, reveals for us new seeds of hope. Here for the first time in The Derrick Jensen Reader are collected generous selections from his prescient, unflinching books on the problem of civilization and the path to true resistance.

In the acclaimed A Language Older Than Words, Jensen dissects his own...

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Overview

In an age marked by seemingly unstoppable environmental collapse and the urgent quest for solutions, environmental philosopher Derrick Jensen, the voice of the growing deep ecology movement, reveals for us new seeds of hope. Here for the first time in The Derrick Jensen Reader are collected generous selections from his prescient, unflinching books on the problem of civilization and the path to true resistance.

In the acclaimed A Language Older Than Words, Jensen dissects his own abusive childhood to examine the pathology of Western culture and shares with us the power and beauty of an alliance with the natural world. He continues to use the lens of his own experience as well as the wisdom of philosophers, activists, and teachers to expose oppression and call us to action in his other early works, Listening to the Land, A Culture of Make Believe, Strangely Like War, and Walking on Water. We see his analysis deepen when he asks us to accept that the only moral response to biocide is resistance in the two-volume Endgame, a truth he explores further in Thought to Exist in the Wild, What We Leave Behind, the graphic novel As The World Burns, and in his two novels, Songs of the Dead and Lives Less Valuable. And in Dreams, Jensen's latest work, he leads us still further toward his vision for a healed planet, freeing us to see beyond the limits of our present culture to a future luminous with meaning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609804046
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,372,456
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.28 (d)

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Activist, philosopher, teacher, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, DERRICK JENSEN holds degrees in creative writing and mineral engineering physics. In 2008, he was named one of the Utne Reader’s "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World," and in 2006 he was named Press Action’s Person of the Year for his work on the book Endgame. He lives in California. 

LIERRE KEITH is a writer, small farmer, and radical feminist activist. She is the author of two novels, as well The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, which has been called "the most important ecological book of this generation." She's also been arrested six times. She lives in Humboldt County, CA.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7

Listening to the Land: Conversations About Nature, Culture, and Eros 15

A Language Older Than Words 19

The Culture of Make Believe 71

Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests George Draffan 113

Walking on Water: Reading, Writing, and Revolution 133

Welcome to the Machine: Science, Surveillance, and the Culture of Control George Draffan 153

Endgame, Volume One: The Problem of Civilization 173

Endgame, Volume Two: Resistance 215

Thought to Exist in the Wild: Awakening from the Nightmare of Zoos Karen Tweedy-Holmes) 265

As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial Stephanie McMillan 287

What We Leave Behind Aric McBay 301

Songs of the Dead 341

Lives Less Valuable 361

Dreams 383

Essay: "Forget Shorter Showers: Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change" 421

Essay: "The Man Box" 425

An Interview with Derrick Jensen Lierre Keith 431

Bibliography 453

Notes 463

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