‘Trees in Trouble’ by Daniel Mathews

When people think of climate change, one of the first things brought to mind is often the growing frequency of high severity wildfires. These fires cause destroy communities, pollute the air, and often decimate our already struggling ecosystems. As a Californian myself, I’ve grown up knowing fires well. However, 2020 was completely unlike any fireContinue reading “‘Trees in Trouble’ by Daniel Mathews”

‘The Vaccine Race’ by Meredith Wadman

We stand at a moment of tremendous importance in the history of human medicine. biotechnology companies shattered records last November when they finally submitted results to the CDC and FDA for the approval of multiple novel coronavirus vaccines, and the United States is about to roll out the largest and most aggressive mass vaccination campaignContinue reading “‘The Vaccine Race’ by Meredith Wadman”

Meeting Climate Change with Art: Video Games

It’s been a long time coming, but video games are finally reaching popular recognition as an art form with unique possibilities to positively influence the larger cultural landscape. To be sure, there will always be a market for mindless video games just as much as there is a market for mindless tv and film, butContinue reading “Meeting Climate Change with Art: Video Games”

“Power to Save the World: the truth about nuclear energy” by Gwyneth Cravens

As you are probably well aware, climate change is an existential threat to the future of human civilization. Yet, we shoot ourselves in the foot every day that we try and ignore the importance of nuclear energy to curb this disaster. The science and technology of nuclear fission has developed significantly since the days ofContinue reading ““Power to Save the World: the truth about nuclear energy” by Gwyneth Cravens”

“The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin

James Baldwin and, of course, The Fire Next Time have held prominent positions on my reading list for a long time, but I was finally spurred on to buy the book and dive into it after reading Ta-Nehisi Coates talk about Baldwin in We Were Eight Years In Power. When I reread The Fire NextContinue reading ““The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin”

“The Nature and Aim of Fiction” by Flannery O’Connor

I decided this post is going to be a little different from the other ones I’ve published. Instead of writing on a whole book, I’ll be focused on a single lecture of Flannery O’Connor’s included in a larger collection of her writing, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose. You may have guessed it from my title,Continue reading ““The Nature and Aim of Fiction” by Flannery O’Connor”

We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Anti-racism protests have swept the globe, and the response has been unlike anything we’ve seen before. Many of the quarantined residents of the United States have taken the opportunity to reflect on the history and present realities of racism in our country. It’s too early to know where this will take us, but a criticalContinue reading “We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates”

The Cross and The Lynching Tree by Dr. James Cone

James Cone’s The Cross and The Lynching Tree is far and away one of the single most influential books I have read. It gave form to general ideas that had been floating and grounded my understanding in a rich tradition. Y’all should definitely give it a read if you get the chance. I’ve been planningContinue reading “The Cross and The Lynching Tree by Dr. James Cone”

‘Leading Lives that Matter’ edited by Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass

This isn’t like any of the other books I’ve written about on this blog. Today I’m talking about Leading Lives that Matter, an anthology edited together with written commentary by Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass. This book is a behemoth. I’ve been reading it on and off for almost a year and a half now,Continue reading “‘Leading Lives that Matter’ edited by Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass”

Meeting Climate Change with Art: Turning up the Heat

Heat has been used in many stories for many different reasons. When it comes to films, a beating sun and sweaty costume design aren’t always as simple as staging some setting in a desert or showing some survivor getting beaten down by the sun on a life raft. Hot weather – and the many waysContinue reading “Meeting Climate Change with Art: Turning up the Heat”