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Conversations with James Howard Kunstler
Based off the popular podcast, this book collects one man’s conversations with an outspoken social critic on the negative effects of the suburbs.
James Howard Kunstler has been described as “one of the most outrageous commentators on the American built environment.” An outspoken critic of suburban sprawl, Kunstler is often controversial and always provocative. The KunstlerCast is based on the popular weekly podcast of the same name, which features Kunstler in dialogue with author Duncan Crary, offering a personal window into Kunstler’s worldview.
Presented as a long-form conversational interview, The KunstlerCast revisits and updates all the major ideas contained in Kunstler’s body of work, including:
The need to rethink current sources of transportation and energy The failure of urban planning, architecture and industrial society America’s plastic, dysfunctional culture The reality of peak oil
Whether sitting in the studio, strolling city streets, visiting a suburban mall or even “Happy Motoring,” the grim predictions Kunstler makes about America’s prospects are leavened by his signature sharp wit and humor. This book is rounded out by commentary, footnotes and supplemental vignettes told from the perspective of an “embedded” reporter on the Kunstler beat.
Readers may or may not agree with the more dystopian of Kunstler’s visions. Regardless, The KunstlerCast is bound to inspire a great deal of thought, laughter, and hopefully, action.
Praise for The KunstlerCast
“A bracing dose of reality for an unreal world.” —Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics
“Erudite, eloquent . . . with good humor about the hilariously grotesque North American nightmare of car-addicted suburban sprawl.” —Dmitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse
“Prepare to be enlightened, infuriated and amused.” —Gregory Greene, Director, The End of Suburbia
“So enlightening yet casual that the reader feels like they’re eavesdropping into the den of Kunstler’s prodigious mind.” —Andrew D. Blechman, author of Leisureville
Duncan Crary is a journalist, editor, independent communications specialist and new media consultant. The host and producer of The KunstlerCast, a popular weekly podcast featuring James Howard Kunstler (author of The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and World Made By Hand), Crary has recorded face-to-face podcast interviews with dozens of noted authors, including: Sir Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens and E.O. Wilson. Duncan Crary lives in Troy, New York.
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