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Remaking American Environmentalism

Remaking American Environmentalism

JEDEDIAH PURDY has written a big book, taking up a set of profound environmental questions and offering sweeping answers. As with any volume of this scope and ambition, some of the ideas he spells out...

Troubles with Three-ism: Body, Mind, and Soul

Troubles with Three-ism: Body, Mind, and Soul

WHEN I WAS a wee Catholic lad growing up in the New York City suburbs of the late 1950s and early 1960s, I learned that good people go to heaven after they die. This was consoling. But it made me wond...

Creators of the World Unite

Creators of the World Unite

IT IS HARD to imagine anyone better qualified than Cory Doctorow to figure out what is and isn’t in the interests of artists and creators in today’s media landscape. A Canadian version of a “red...

Stories as Diagnosis

Stories as Diagnosis

LAST YEAR Harper’s published a brilliant essay in which the journalist and novelist Heidi Julavits conducts a kind of literary medical investigation. Convinced she has been misdiagnosed by her docto...

Hide and Seek: The Problem with Obfuscation

Hide and Seek: The Problem with Obfuscation

HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW. By various means of seduction, coercion, and co-optation, everyday life has been irresistibly colonized by forces collectively known as Big Data: the corporations and state agen...

The Nature of Wilderness

The Nature of Wilderness

THE OYSTER WAR opens with the epigraph “Everything not saved will be lost.” The sentiment seems straightforward, appropriate for a book addressing, according to the subtitle, “the future of wild...

Break It Open

Break It Open

The following is a feature article from the summer issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books: Magazine. Click here to get your subscription today.   “MY BRAIN IS OPEN,” Paul Erdős an...

The Siege Approach to Conservation

The Siege Approach to Conservation

NATURE IS IN TROUBLE — thanks to humans trampling over its domain, poisoning and felling it, and messing with the climate. But how much trouble? And how should we respond to help “nature” fight ...