Odds Against Tomorrow: A Book Review

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013
Odds Against Tomorrow: A Book Review

It has been over 40 years since Royal Dutch Shell used scenario planning to envision, and to some extent prepare for, the 1973 oil embargo that sent global oil prices soaring. In the years since, scenario planning has gone mainstream in the business world as a way of imagining and acting in the face of […]

Edward Burtynksy’s “Oil” on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013
Edward Burtynksy’s “Oil” on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Edward Burtynsky is best known for his photography of “manufactured landscapes,” and its role in the documentary of that title directed by Jennifer Baichwal. His work focuses on landscapes that have been wholly transformed by industrial activity, like quarries and strip mines, landfills, or the Three Gorges dam in China. The exhibition at the Canadian […]

Electronic Book Review’s “Critical Ecologies”

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012

The “Critical Ecologies” section of the theory and criticism site “Electronic Book Review” (http://www.electronicbookreview.com/) has been publishing reviews of research in the environmental humanities since 1996. Dr. Cary Wolfe (professor of English at Rice) and Dr. Joseph Tabbi started the ecology thread in 1996. Dr. Andrew McMurry edited the thread from 2006-7, and Dr. Stacy […]

Review: The Diesel

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012
Review: The Diesel

“I’ve been here since I was born,” the narrator tells us in the opening lines of Thani Al-Suwaidi’s The Diesel, and yet the slim novella is nothing if not a tale of journey. Written in the United Arab Emirates in the early 1990s (but judged too shocking to print there), The Diesel was first published […]