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Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken
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Jan 12, 2009

it was ok
Read in October, 2008

My copy of this book has a different subtitle than the one listed above. Mine is "How the Largest Social Movement in History is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World." The change is for the better since I am hard-pressed to imagine a world where grace has been restored; is there even a dance floor that can handle such smooth gesticulations? I am on-board with the use of justice, though beauty kills it for me. Subtitles should be an art form, but, ultimately, have to be the boring half of the colon.

Morphing subtitle aside this book possesses many organs, but little interstitial tissue. The book is amorphous, yet very well-written with often surprising connections between disciplines and sources of knowledge. Hawken even, for a short period of time, disentangled Thoreau and Emerson (Thoremerson)in my mind. He takes the position that the earth can be considered a single organism, a position which has obvious ramifications for the ways that humans conceptualize place and effect. Hawken, then, is in good company as ecological principles are gradually being wedged into urban planning and politics. The idea that the earth will begin buckling as we exceed its carrying capacity means many more empty condom wrappers on the bedroom floor or a trip to the doctor (depending on who has the onus of reproductive responsibility in your relationship).
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Adrea Mine shares the same subtitle as yours :)

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