Reviews

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

The Truthiness of Nature Films: A Review of Perrin and Cluzaud’s “Seasons”

The makers of “Winged Migration” return with a new film that challenges viewers’ expectations of authenticity in nature documentaries.

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Review: Adam Trexler’s Anthropocene Fictions

A new book surveys 150 novels about climate change and makes the case for the virtues of cli-fi.

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Listening to the Anthropocene: John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean

A meditation on an orchestral work that evokes our era of environmental change.

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Down the Peter Rabbit Hole: Literary Adventures for Little Ones

CHE affiliates in Zoology, History, and English recommend children’s literature for readers of all ages interested in the non-human world.

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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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