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The KunstlerCast: Conversations with James Howard Kunstler

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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 wi ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by New Society Publishers (first published September 6th 2011)
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Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am jealous of hell of author Duncan Crary. Might as well admit it right up front.

In my 25 years in radio, I interviewed Jim Kunstler maybe a dozen times, usually short chats to get a sound bite for a news story about local development issues in the Albany/Saratoga Springs/Glens Falls, New York area that I spent my entire radio career broadcasting in and around. A couple of times I did longer interviews with Kunstler, the author of a number of brilliant books about culture and cultural collapse
Stephen Caulfield
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Internet is now the home of much of the intellectual content we make use of every day. This may have all kinds of implications, not all of them good. In the particular case of podcasting there is a lot of wonderful material out there, particularly the alternative, non-mainstream, non-status quo voices. The KunstlerCast, a weekly offering featuring James Howard Kunstler, an American public intellectual and social critic with a powerful angle on all things suburban, is a terrific example of th ...more
This book provides an excellent overview of James Kunstler and his work, particularly in connecting his earlier work on suburbs and urban planning with his later work on peak oil and impending economic reduction. The interview method works very well here. It's not used here to interrogate Kunstler, but to draw out and organize his thinking in ways that Duncan's listeners (and readers) can easily consume and digest. It's really a very low key and friendly sort of discussion, which I personally li ...more
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Even though I've listened to almost every episode of the KunstlerCast, this book was still fun to read. I'm not sure though how this would read to someone who's never listened to the podcast before or listened to a talk by James Howard Kunstler. While these transcripts are informative and entertaining, I think the real magic of JHK is in his delivery. Hearing him compare Americans to baluchitheriums or referring to tattoo and hiphop culture as a culture of insecure, violent clowns is the reason ...more
George Matthew
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A nice short read and introduction to Kunstler and his cause for me. The was my first Kindle book, and the formatting on'it seemed weird, I don't know if it was because of the publisher, or that it was on the Kindle. It does spark an interest for me to read some Kunstler now.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
200 interviews worth of Kunstler riffing on suburban malaise, urban decay, and "the twilight of the mall era", yet Duncan somehow has the definitive line:

"I thought I had moved into a nice neighborhood in Schenectady, but then the snow melted and there was a dead hobo on the front lawn."
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm a fan of the podcast, and Duncan Crary's book catches the essence.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book going over a lot of the themes from James Howard Kunstler's body of work.

A recommended read for anyone interested in the future of suburbia and American cities.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
A great read, and wonderful capstone to a great podcast.
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