I tried and failed to read Knausgaard. His struggle ultimately became My Failure as I gave up the book two-thirds the way through (sorry book group!). I’m happy for the gazillion other people who think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I’ll take Bolaño any day in the genre of enormous lit.
The drought monitor shows how bad the current drought is. Sherwood Nation takes a long term drought to Portland, OR. Cut off from the east coast, the rich are doing ok but the city is falling apart at the seams. When a group of water activists stops an illegal water delivery to a rich neighborhood, one of the group, a woman who becomes known as Maid Marian, becomes an icon of resistance and possible political change. This is her story.
My publisher made a reader’s guide for Sherwood Nation.
The Soft Show @ Floating World Comics Future Tense Books & The Rumpus @ Ash Street Saloon Burnside Review @ Valentine’s Street Roots & Street Books @ The Mercy Corps Building University of Hell Press @ Dante’s Magic Helicopter/Noo Journal & Perfect Day Publishing @ Shanghai Tunnel
With a 10:00 after-party at Dante’s!
Late notice here, but I’m reading with the Street Books contingent tonight.
There’s a war going on between the self-interested, self-serving body that is the corporation, and humans. At this point in our democracy, that’s the primary struggle we’re facing: whether corporate or constituent interests will win out. Weirdly, corporations are staffed by people, presumably, and so you’d expect they’d have some sway. But a corporation has a mind of its own, and corporate goals do not line up at all with potential longer-term goals of our species (these goals might be difficult to agree on, but surely opportunities for cataclysm might be among them). I do wish every CEO (most of whom are among the one percent) would sit down and re-evaluate his or her corporation’s goals based on long-term interests for living here on this planet.
This is a nice-enough quote… except for my typo. I would think that our species would be looking for opportunities for *avoiding* cataclysm, not looking for opportunities for cataclysm. But what do I know?