Tuesday, March 18, 2008

How Shall I Live My Life: On Liberating the Earth from Civilization By Derrick Jensen

Environmental author and activist Derrick Jensen has a new book, due to be released this Friday, March 28th. How Shall I Live My Life?: On Liberating the Earth from Civilization, includes interviews with David Edwards, Thomas Berry, Jan Lundberg, Steven Wise, Carolyn Raffensperger, George Draffan, Kathleen Dean Moore, David Abram, Vine Deloria, and Jesse Wolf Hardin.

The blurb at Amazon says: Derrick Jensen discusses the destructive dominant culture with ten people who have devoted their lives to undermining it in this collection of interviews.

Whether it is Carolyn Raffensperger and her radical approach to public health, or Thomas Berry on perceiving the sacred; be it Kathleen Dean Moore reminding us that our bodies are made of mountains, rivers, and sunlight; or Vine Deloria asserting that our dreams tell us more about the world than science ever can, the activists and philosophers interviewed in How Shall I Live My Life? each bravely present a few of the endless forms that resistance can and must take.

I've pre-ordered my copy and hope to post a review early next week. I'm especially delighted to see Jensen including neo-Pagan* author Jesse Wolf Hardin. Jensen's concept of the Earth and our relationship with her has long struck me as fundamentally Pagan.

Meanwhile, have you read As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial, yet? If not, why?

*I'm not a huge fan of the term "neo-Pagan." Are today's Jews "neo-Jews" or today's Catholics "neo-Catholics"? Are today's Hindu's "neo-Hindus"? Hardin's wikipedia description lists him as neo-Pagan, and I believe that's how he has described himself, so I use the term here. It's all just the Goddess pouring the Goddess into the Goddess.

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Aquila ka Hecate said...

After having read Endgame, bith volumes, I'm in no doubt whatsoever that Derrick Jensen is a Pagan.

I don't care if that's not what he calls himself -he's exactly the sort of person I'm proud to call Pagan.

Terri in Joburg

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