Reviews

Thoughts on books, articles, films, software, exhibits, and much, much more.

Placing the Golden Spike: Uneasy Temporality in the Anthropocene

A new exhibit at the UW-Milwaukee Institute for Visual Arts offers a range of imaginative visualizations for the crisis of the Anthropocene.

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Our Climatic Fate? Oreskes and Conway’s “Collapse of Western Civilization”

Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway’s tale of our catastrophic future is a provocative hybrid of scholarship and science fiction that’s great for the classroom.

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Wrenched: Edward Abbey and The Monkey Wrench Gang on the Big Screen

The new film “Wrenched,” directed by ML Lincoln, explores the legacy of Edward Abbey as author and action-based environmentalist in the American southwest.

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Narayan Mahon’s “Lands in Limbo”

Narayan Mahon’s photography explores the individual, local challenges of unrecognized statehood.

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Resilience in post-war Southeast Asia

Resilience after Catastrophe? Five Reflections on “Apocalypse Then”

How do humans cope with disaster? Can ecologies recover after catastrophe? Five reflections on resilience in the aftermath of the Vietnam Wars.

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Blaser, Missing Microbes

Review: Martin Blaser’s Missing Microbes

Martin Blaser worries that “missing microbes” may be responsible for a whole host of modern ailments.

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Daniel Arsham

The Future Relics of Daniel Arsham

What can James Franco and a fossilized camera tell us about geology, labor, and objectivity?

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Jennifer Colten Wasteland Ecology 9522

Photographing Urban Margins: Jennifer Colten’s “Wasteland Ecology”

Jennifer Colten’s photographs of wasteland environments challenge some of our deepest cultural values about nature and landscape.

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barber, third plate

Review: “The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food”

Dan Barber’s “The Third Plate” resists the ethical pitfalls of farm-to-table dining, instead proposing an ethics of flavor to orient agriculture and its cuisine. What are the implications of a land and sea ethic guided by flavor?

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Review Essay: Taking the Long View

Two new books in history and geography remind scholars to think on the large scale—both in time and space.

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