Friday, November 26, 2010

The Long Emergency

I'm going to take a minute on the most consumer-driven of holidays (Black Friday) to plug a book I just finished:  The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler, 2005.  The book predicts a very, very bleak future for the consumerist way of life.

The subtitle of The Long Emergency is "Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty First Century."  Essentially, this is a book about the devastation caused by the coming of Peak Oil.

Kunstler is not a scientist nor an urban planner.  He is a one-time journalist and now author living in Upstate New York.  I'm familiar with him because of his book The Geography of Nowhere, which focused on the destruction of America's cities for carbon-copy suburbia, and the social, ecological, and economic costs of doing that.  Due to his background, he brings a lot of energy to the Peak Oil topic, but does very little to source his data or present dissenting viewpoints.  That said, he makes compelling arguments.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"All About Cities"

Following some links from the Suburban Pioneer blog Richard Howe recently blogged about, I found a very active blog about urbanism:  All About Cities.  Check it out.