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CHARACTERS Ï PLANTHIREINBATH.CO.UK ¸ Ben Ehrenreich For fans of Robert Macfarlane or Elizabeth Rush National Magazine Award winner and The Nation columnist Ben Ehrenreich layers climate science mythologies nature writing and personal experiences into a stunning reckoning of our current moment and our all too human urge to grapple with apocalypseA book about the literal and figurative end of time and what that means for us as conscious beings Desert Notebooks looks at how both the unprecedented pace of destruction to our environment and our increasingly unstable global socio political i. I have had an ongoing love affair with the deserts of the American Southwest for nearly two decades now and I take my reading related to it both seriously and critically With DESERT NOTEBOOKS Ben Ehrenreich delivers a new contribution to the canon of essential reading about the place and the rest of the world as it relates to itEhrenreich isn't writing a desert book per se but he is writing from the Mojave and his love for it is deep As climate change flexes its dark might around him and Donald Trump named here as The Rhino wreaks his havoc Ehrenreich delves into histories of the first inhabitants; the history of writing; philosophy and owls Sounds like a mash up and it is but it works Sometimes journalists turned authors produce work that simply reads like a collection of reported pieces sewn together with a half baked attempt at a narrative thread Ehrenreich avoids that trap; this man is a storyteller The mix of science myth anecdotes and a profound love for the terrain produces one of my favorite reads of the spring thus far if not the year

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DOWNLOAD Ë Desert Notebooks Ó For fans of Robert Macfarlane or Elizabeth Rush National Magazine Award winner and The Nation columnist Ben Ehrenreich layers climate science mythologies nature writing and personal experiences into a stunning reckoning of our current moment and our all too human urge to grapple with apocalypseA book about the literal and f Nstitutions have led to an existential crisis orders of magnitude greater than any humankind has confronted before As inhabitants of the Anthropocene what might some of our own histories tell us about how to grapple with apocalypse And how might the geologies and ecologies of desert spaces inform how we see and act towards timeEmploying an elegant discursive style that interweaves memoir with science writing creation myths and history National Magazine Award winner and The Nation columnist Ben Ehrenreich uses the desolate landscape of. I got this book because I love everything about the desert Instead all I got was the chaotic and random ravings and ruminations about everything that’s wrong with the world without any new insight or constructive thinking What a waste of time I could just as well have listened to my stoned neighbor venting and repeating what everyone already knows

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Desert NotebooksThe American desert the main locales for the book are Joshua Tree and Las Vegas as a springboard to examine how we formulate our concepts of time and what it means to confront the looming apocalypse Desert Notebooks is a moving confrontation with Deep Time and a meditation on landscape in the face of climate change Faced with an uncertain future Ehrenreich argues there is comfort in reflecting on the role we humans have played in our own demise in the past The difference is that this time the clock may finally be running out for go. This book begins with a walk in a desert wash and an owl It ends much the same way But in between is a vast exploration of time of myth of change of place of faith of history of life The owl and deserts as well as the nature of time are themes throughoutI loved this book It does feel like a writer's notebook with sometimes very short two sentence sections of description or musing sometimes longer mini essays on a larger topic As such it constantly changes course taking the reader in new and always fascinating directions There is Lilith of the Bible the creation tale of the K'iche' Maya the Ghost Dance rock art; there is also present day politics the climate crisis Palestine and Las Vegas And so much It's impossible to summarize except to say it's a deep meditation on what it is to be alive in the America of today In that regard it is not especially optimistic We are not living in a pretty time But than that it is a meditation on lived experience how we interact with the worldI flagged many many passages Here are two as a sampling The first describes Ehrenreich's perception of time while living in war torn Ramallah in 2014 Time seemed to have changed its shape The clocks behaved as they always had ticking away counting off the hours They seemed to mock us Time no longer proceeded evenly and seuentially but according to a strange logic of dread It curved and bent revealing pockets inside itself pockets and holes in which it was easy to get lost Sometimes time rushed forward then something happened—usually death—and it stopped melted and recovered It lurched off racing once zigging and zagging before dissolving again and somehow from nothing reconstituting itself and limping on  I had felt this before in other countries on the verge of collapse I've felt it since not uite so acutely but nearly constantly in the year since the Rhino's Trump's election I don't know what to call it The time of Crisis Vertigo Time the Time of Collapse Black Hole Time The days and hours lose their shape their uniformity the confidence with which they once marched forth Time appears to fall apartI would say this is even true of life in the time of Covid 19 which hadn't hit yet when he wrote this book Though yes it was bad enough simply with Trump at the helm and things otherwise as usualAnd here's a bit on the Mesopotamian understanding of the universe pasted onto the present day The entirety of existence was a text waiting to be read Which means there could be no line between the reader and the written You who are reading this you too are written you too can be read And I a writer am already written through and through Everything between us everything that separates us mountains stars years shimmering thoughts and dreams that die with waking all of it is a single chain of signs that do not point to another reality only to this one all at onceI could uote but as I said it's difficult to pin this book down So I'll leave it at that Like Jenny Odell's How to Do Nothing I could definitely see reading this book all over again and finding it just as stimulating I looked at Goodreads to see what people thought and most people either loved it or hated it in the latter case