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Listening to the Land: Conversations about Nature, Culture and Eros Paperback – March 1, 2004
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"Here is a book of desperate wisdoms for anyone who has considered our human future and wondered, How must we live?"--Louise Erdrich, author of Love Medicine
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Unfortunately, in this far-from-just world of ours, most people -certainly not our political or corporate leaders -- have never even HEARD of Derrick Jensen, let alone read "Listening to the Land." And, also unfortunately, most of these people would probably just dismiss Derrick Jensen and friends as a bunch of "tree-hugging, left-wing, anti-establishment nutcases.Read more ›
This title is also informative and presents a full spectrum of opinions in original form from the mouths of the speakers who represent -- environmentalists, theologians, Native Americans, psychologists and feminists. In addition to reaching the heart, the material stimulates deep inquiry on the part of the reader. It is not in anyway superficial, quite the contrary!
The organizing principle of the book is the theme of loving the land and living in harmony with it. A thread that pervades every section is finding peaceful ways to live in harmony with the environment. It does not look to assign blame, but rather to seek peaceful solutions to the increasingly complex environmental problems that are plaguing all of us on the planet.
In my opinion, this is a must read for anyone interested in the environment or in reestablishing a deep connection to the land. If I could rate it a six I would. I got more from this book than I ever expected and have shared it with many people. I wish every voter and person having anything to do with making public policy read it, preferably on a camping trip.
This ordering of different disciplines leads to a few problems in flow. The book gets off to a rocky start with essays in hard ecology from activists, especially Christopher Manes, who can't accept the fact that humans are (at least temporarily) stuck in a non-ecological society. In the book's later stages things really slow down with poorly developed philosophies and quaint PC-isms. A low point is the scatterbrained mysticism/communitarianism of Dolores LaChapelle and Julien Puzey, while the environmental bookbinding art of Sandra Lopez is rather neat but too esoteric to be of much use.
But the day is more than saved overall by the powerful remainder of the book, in which the really articulate thinkers make their mark. Good examples are the musings on technology by Jerry Mander, the population economics of William R. Catton Jr., and the cultural analysis of Frederick Turner. A good side effect of this book is the attention it brings to the many under-appreciated and valuable books by these thinkers. And in every interview, Jensen does a marvelous job of acting less like an interviewer and more like a facilitator. He provides sharp comments and leading questions in an efficient manner, allowing each thinker to give their philosophy in ways that provide maximum insight to the Earth-connected reader.
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Read it, but more important, listen, or realize that you need to learn to listen.Published 20 months ago by Judith Eckerson
There are two sorts of "environmentalists": those who romanticize their vision of a make-believe perfect past, and those who look towards the future and real solutions. Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by FG
In "Listening to the Land", environmental activist Derrick Jensen converses with Terry Tempest Williams, Ward Churchill, Starhawk, and other visionary ecological thinkers on a... Read morePublished on May 7, 2007 by wildflowerboy
This book is very well written and a wonderful collection of essays. For anyone that enjoys a well written essay with regards to the future of our planet, the environment or the... Read morePublished on January 12, 2006 by Hannah H.
I like this book and re-read it occasionally. The reviews with individuals are helpful in gettin a semi-diverse opinion of the troubles of our world. Read morePublished on January 16, 2005 by Biased Perspective
If your a fan of Derrick Jensen's work you will definately see where he has gotten a lot of the foundations in his thinking. Read morePublished on June 24, 2004 by Huby7
LISTENING TO THE LAND is a wonderful collection of interviews by the outstanding author of A LANGUAGE OLDER THAN WORDS and THE CULTURE OF MAKE BELIEVE - quite possibly the two most... Read morePublished on November 29, 2003 by J.W.K