Henry, Gunderson, Naomi Klein discussed on City Arts and Lectures
Smoker slash nonsmoker. Was that I didn't enjoy lying to her as soon as I could succeed in quitting again permanently. The wave function would collapse, and I would be one hundred percent the nonsmoker always represented myself to be but only if I didn't I come out in print as a smoker. Henry had been a twentysomething Gunderson when Tina Brown hired him at the New Yorker, he had a distinctive type chested manner of speaking a kind of hyper articulate mumble like pros acutely. Well, edited barely legible. I was off by his intelligence in his area dish in and it quickly come in to live in fear of disappointing him his passionate emphasis in therefore, you must write about them. He was the only speaker I knew who could get away with the stressed initial therefore in the imperative must allowed me to hope that I'd registered in his consciousness in some small way. And so I went to work on the essay, everyday combusting half a dozen low tar cigarettes in front of a box fan in my living room window and handed in the only thing I ever wrote for Henry that didn't need his editing. I don't remember how my mother got her hands on the essay or how she conveyed to me, her deep sense of betrayal. Whether by letter or in a phone call. But I do remember that she then didn't communicate with me for six weeks by a wide margin. The longest you ever went silent on me. It was exactly as I had feared. But when she got over it and began sending me letters again, I felt seen by her scene for what I was in a way. I'd never felt before it wasn't just that my real self had been concealed from her. It was as if there hadn't really been a self to see again, that's what essays four. So. Things in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight seven nineteen ninety seven the last thing in the world. I wanted to think about cigarettes. That was pretty quickly replaced by climate change as the last thing in the world. I want to think about and I bet that goes for a lot of you to pretty much the whole world. It's the last thing they want to think about nevertheless. A certain point. I got really angry about it. I got angry about one particular aspect of it. Which I'm gonna talk about actually several aspects. So three years ago, I was in a state of rage about climate change. The Republican party was continuing continuing to lie about the absence of the scientific consensus on climate. But I wasn't much less angry at the left. I'd read a new book by Naomi Klein, this changes everything in which she assured the reader that. Although time is tight we still have ten years to radically remake the global economy and prevent global temperatures from rising by more than two degrees celsius by the end of the century. Kline's optimism was touching. But it too was a kind of denial ISM even before the election of Donald Trump. There was no evidence to suggest that humanity is capable of slashing carbon emissions quickly and deeply enough to change everything. Even the European which had taken the early lead on climate and was fond of lecturing other regions on their irresponsibility needed. Only a recession in two thousand nine to shift its focus to economic growth. Really disliked the European Union when it comes to the environment. I will just say that it's like basically sterilized western Europe with the common agricultural policy. And also had this enormous mandate for biodiesel vehicles, which resulted directly contributed to the. Rampant deforestation of Indonesia. Little problem. More cutting down huge trees in order to grow palm oil. It was actually a great piece in the times magazine coming on at this weekend. And and they're so sanctimonious, why can't America be more responsible? We'll America's still has insects barring a world end of little rat barring a worldwide revolt against free market capitalism. In the next ten years. The scenario that Klein contended could still save us the most likely rise in temperature this century is on the order of six degrees celsius. We'll be lucky to avoid a two degree rise before the year twenty thirty. Here's a paragraph that I'm gonna read slowly because I think it's important and myself when I read this kind of thing, my my mind bounces off it. But I'm going to try to get this across. In a polity evermore starkly divided as ours is the truth about global warming was even less convenient to the left than to the right?.