David Wallace-Wells of New York Magazine this week had his book titled “The Uninhabitable Earth” published. This is a followup to an article of the same name that he wrote for The New York Magazine a couple of years ago. That article was considered “bleak.” This book fleshes out much of what may be happening and happening soon.
grist.org is almost frightening in its review:
Prepare yourself for grisly descriptions of how the body breaks down in overwhelming heat, predictions of prehistoric plagues springing back to life beneath melting permafrost, and the possibility of an economic collapse several times worse than the Great Depression.
David Wallace-Wells’ dystopian vision of where we’re headed is guaranteed to scare the bejesus out of readers of his new book, The Uninhabitable Earth. Some will surely have to look away. Wallace-Wells, perhaps surprisingly, seems OK with that. More than a hundred pages in, he writes, “If you have made it this far, you are a brave reader.”
Here Wallace-Wells is interviewed on DemocracyNow! From last Thursday: (13 minutes)
There are hopeful notes in here, but on the whole Wallace-Wells tells it like he sees it and it isn’t very promising.
Hope you can make it through this. Much easier to think about the Oscars or Jussie Smollet.