“Lies My Teacher Told Me” is one of the most powerful books I have read in years. It is a really well written history lesson in the form of a brilliant critique of how high school history (the only history most if us get) is taught. It was recommended to me by prosper Waukon of the Winnebego tribe in Nebraska as a quick way to get the basics of Indian history and to learn why Columbus Day and Thanksgiving are not holidays of joy in Indian Country. I was ready for the message of this book based on what I have been learning working with the Tlingit and Haida Indian tribes in Alaska and thinking I have been doing on the relation of equity and justice to sustainability.
Other books I have read in the last month:
Sons of the Generous Earth – Philip Oyler (excerpt) – An account of peasant life in the Lot and Durdougne regions for France in the years just before and after world war 2, by someone with much love and appreciation for the land. Recommended by Eliot Coleman
What Technology Wants – Kevin Kelley (excerpt)
Tools for Conviviality – Ivan Illich It took me a long time to get to this book, but it was worth the wait (excerpt)
Both books below are utopian/distopian visions of the futrue after a collapse of industrial civilization, Both are written by people who are famous for something other than fiction writing.
World Made by Hand – Kuntsler (excerpt) Surprisingly engaging and well written fictional account of life after collapse of modern industrial society
Through the Eyes of a Stranger – Will Bonsall. Will is a legendary seed saver (his entry in the seed savers catalog lists thousands of plants and seeds for exchange) and veganic farmer. I loved my visit with him last summer (blog post on this later). He might take interns. Beg him.