“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Monday, December 14, 2015


Well that's mad. Jeffrey Cohen and Lowell Duckert have just published Elemental Ecocriticism just in time for the holidays. Which means that my essay “Elementally” adds to this year's list, which now breaks the record by one: I've published 23 essays this year. That is completely mad.

Jeffrey and Lowell have a way of bringing out the best in my writing, and I couldn't be happier with how they helped me to write this essay. So helpful was it that a lot of the thoughts appear in Dark Ecology. 

I remember when I started to write it: I was on a plane, a Boeing 757, kind of a stubby cigar of a plane, from Edinburgh to Denver. That's why there are lots of Scottish flowers in it...


Unknown said...

Congratulations! This is also excellent news for grad student spokesvultures! In honour of the occasion, here's an appropriately-titled beautiful little piece of music from Canadian oil country:

Julie said...

Congratulations! I love your writing and find so much inspiration in it!