Book Report: Dark Ecology by Timothy Morton

Dark ecology puts hesitation, uncertainty, irony, and thoughtfulness back into ecological thinking. The form of dark ecology is that of noir film. The noir narrator begins investigating a supposedly external situation, from a supposedly neutral point of view, only to discover that she or he is implicated in it. The point of view of the … Continue reading Book Report: Dark Ecology by Timothy Morton

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Book Report: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

I have a confession to make, and I hope it doesn't destroy my budding career as an ecocritic: until a couple weeks ago I hadn't read Aldo Leopold's mega classic A Sand County Almanac. I know: Credit: imgflip.com Now, before you go summoning the execution squad, I should say in my defense that this was … Continue reading Book Report: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

New Book Review Out

This winter I wrote a book review essay of Hubert Zapf's excellent new book Literature as Cultural Ecology. Zapf is an important figure within current ecocritical scholarship, and it was an honor to be asked to review his newest book. Writing a three or four page essay isn't of course as big of a deal as … Continue reading New Book Review Out