On 18 August I talked with two authors whose books offer complementary views of the interaction of people and the natural world. I first played an interview I recorded a few days before with Alan Weisman, whose best-seller The World Without Us has just been released in paperback by Picador. We also talked a bit about his earlier book Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, which has just been reissued in a tenth-anniversary edition with a new epilogue by the author by Chelsea Green.
I then talked with San Francisco author Rebecca Solnit about her most recent book Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics, which University of California Press has just brought out in paperback. Her earlier book Wanderlust: A History of Walking (Penguin) covers much of the same mental territory but we didn't have time to more than mention it.
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posted by Eric Tomb and others 2:09 PM
"The future, of course, is not something you predict and wait for. It is something you invent daily through your actions. As Mas Kodani, a Buddhist in Los Angeles, said in the early twenty-first century: "One does not stand still looking for a path. One walks; and as one walks, a path comes into being." We make it up as we go, and we make it up by going, or as the Zapatistas more elegantly put it, "Walking we ask questions.""