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Moral Ground - K.D. Moore and M.P. Nelson, Eds.Haunted by a Future

A Review of

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, Editors

Paperback: Trinity University Press, 2011
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Reviewed by Gregory A. Clark

Moral Ground is haunted by a future.

The editors, Moore and Nelson, begin their introduction with an analogy.  Dinosaurs continued to feed and care for their young even while an asteroid tumbled toward the earth.  When that asteroid crashed into the earth it began a chain of events that undermined the various species of dinosaurs.  So also, we (where “we” means the human species) potential dinosaurs that we are, continue our life as usual while the equivalent of an asteroid, climate change, bears down upon us.  We all ought to be haunted by the future.

But, Moore and Nelson point out that analogy is not necessity.  We are not there yet. We have three things the dinosaurs lacked: (1) a warning, (2) an imperative, and, for now, (3) a future. Let’s look at Moore and Nelson’s position on each of these points.

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“Texts and Context”
Michiko Kakutani in the NY TIMES on
The State of Reading Today

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/21/books/21mash.html

In his deliberately provocative — and deeply nihilistic — new book, “Reality Hunger,” the onetime novelist David Shields asserts that fiction “has never seemed less central to the culture’s sense of itself.” He says he’s “bored by out-and-out fabrication, by myself and others; bored by invented plots and invented characters” and much more interested in confession and “reality-based art.” His own book can be taken as Exhibit A in what he calls “recombinant” or appropriation art.

Mr. Shields’s book consists of 618 fragments, including hundreds of quotations taken from other writers like Philip Roth, Joan Didion and Saul Bellow — quotations that Mr. Shields, 53, has taken out of context and in some cases, he says, “also revised, at least a little — for the sake of compression, consistency or whim.” He only acknowledges the source of these quotations in an appendix, which he says his publishers’ lawyers insisted he add.

“Who owns the words?” Mr. Shields asks in a passage that is itself an unacknowledged reworking of remarks by the cyberpunk author William Gibson. “Who owns the music and the rest of our culture? We do — all of us — though not all of us know it yet. Reality cannot be copyrighted.”

Read the full essay:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/21/books/21mash.html


The Powells Books Review of
Kathleen Dean Moore’s
WILD COMFORT: THE SOLACE OF NATURE.

http://www.powells.com/review/2010_03_18.html

Pay attention is the message of Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature  by Kathleen Dean Moore, a philosophy professor at Oregon State University and the director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word.

This collection of essays, reveries and meditations interweaves keen observations of the natural world with descriptions of wilderness travel, conversations, stories and philosophical musings.

“I had begun to write about happiness,” Moore shares on the first page, “but events overtook me.”

Friends and family died by drowning, disease and accident, and, as Moore admits, “my life became an experiment in sadness.”

She turned to the natural world for solace.

“The earth holds every possibility inside it, and the mystery of transformation, one thing into another. This is the wildest comfort.”

Read the full review:
http://www.powells.com/review/2010_03_18.html

WILD COMFORT: THE SOLACE OF NATURE.
Kathleen Dean Moore.
Paperback: Trumpeter, 2010.
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