Recommended Reads

Below are some of the books, articles, essays, and poetry that have inspired my writing on this subject.

Articles & Essays

Paul Kingsnorth

“Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist” by Paul Kingsnorth (Orion Magazine)
“Dark Ecology” by Paul Kingsnorth (Orion Magazine)
Hear it read HERE by Michael Dowd
“The Axis and the Sycamore” by Paul Kingsnorth (Orion Magazine)
“Life versus the Machine” by Paul Kingsnorth (Orion Magazine)
“The Myth of Progress” interview with Paul Kingsnorth (Emergence Magazine)

Roy Scranton

“Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene” by Roy Scranton (New York Times)
Hear it read HERE by Michael Dowd

“We’re Doomed. Now What?” by Roy Scranton (New York Times)
Hear it read HERE by Michael Dowd
“Climate Change and the Dharma of Failure” by Roy Scranton (The Revealer)
Hear it read HERE by MIchael Dowd

“Raising My Child in a Doomed World” by Roy Scranton (New York Times)
Hear it read HERE by Michael Dowd

Derrick Jensen

“Beyond Hope” by Derrick Jensen (Orion Magazine)

“Forget Shorter Showers” by Derrick Jensen (Orion Magazine)

“Playing for Keeps” by Derrick Jensen (Orion Magazine)

David Abram


“Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change and what to do about it” by George Marshall (The Guardian)
“7 reasons America will fail on climate change” by Ezra Klein (Vox)
“Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why.” by Jeremy Lent (Resilience)

How Then Shall We Live?” series by Dahr Jamail & Barbara Cecil (Truthout)
Hear it read HERE by Michael Dowd
“The Big Picture” by Richard Heinberg
Al Gore Didn’t Want You to Panic” by Dougald Hine (Bella Caledonia)
“I Have Only One Prediction for You” by Dougald Hine (Bella Caledonia)

Books (Non-Fiction)


“The most fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives is not in their beliefs in individual freedom vs. collective good, or traditional values vs. social progress, in their intelligence or temperaments, but in their capacity for imagination. To conservatives, our society and its institutions seem the natural order of things, the logical outcome of history, and anyone who wants to change it is a malcontent or a dreamer. … SF posits that this world is contingent, provisional, not inevitable. And this is an inherently subversive proposition, because it means that the status quo is not necessarily natural or right, and could be very different, depending on chance … Science fiction is ultimately about possibility: the revolutionary possibility that things don’t have to be this way.” — Timothy Kreider, “How Science Fiction Made Me Liberal” (The Guardian)

Dawn by Octavia Butler
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
“Princess Mononoke” by Hayao Miyazaki

The Overstory by Richard Powers
To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck
“The Camille Stories: Children of Compost” by Donna Haraway (Ch. 8 in Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene)

Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Earth by David Brin
The Fountain written by Darren Aronofsky & illustrated by Kent Williams


“When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver

“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver

“Bone” by Mary Oliver


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