The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins
ISBN: 0691220557
EAN13: 9780691220550
Language: English
Publication Date: Jun 8, 2021
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 1" H x 8" L x 5" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Scientists and artists know that the way to handle an immense topic is often through close attention to a small aspect of it, revealing the whole through the part. In the shape of a finch's beak we can see all of evolution. So through close, indeed loving, attention to a certain fascinating mushroom, the matsutake, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing discusses how the whole immense crisis of ecology came about and why it continues. Critical of simplistic reductionism, she offers clear analysis, and in place of panicked reaction considers possibilities of rational, humane, resourceful behavior. In a situation where urgency and enormity can overwhelm the mind, she gives us a real way to think about it. I'm very grateful to have this book as a guide through the coming years.--Ursula K. Le Guin

If we must survive in the 'ruins of capitalism'--what some call the Anthropocene--we need an example of how totally unexpected connections can be made between the economy, culture, biology, and survival strategies. In this book, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing offers a marvelous example with the unlikely case of a globalized mushroom.--Bruno Latour, author of An Inquiry into Modes of Existence

This is a thoughtful, insightful, and nuanced exploration of the relationships between people and landscapes, Read More chevron_right

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