What I'm reading: The Witch Of Hebron by James Howard Kunstler. My sister Wendy's always been a huge fan of survival-type books. So because of her, I am too. First Mr. Kunstler wrote World Made by Hand which is the story of a post-modern world. It's set about ten or so years after the fall of... well, everything. Primarily though, the world has run out of oil and that's what prompts the whole mess. The Witch Of Hebron is the sequel. I can't tell you how much I love these books. They're beautifully written and terrifying and yet, comforting too. The story takes place in a small village in upstate New York. They're folks of all walks of life who are all working towards a common goal. Survival. Love it! A former airline executive is a pig farmer and the former VP of a software company is now a master carpenter. Everything works on a barter and trade system. If that kinda stuff turns you on, go check these books out.
Here's an excerpt from his Forecast 2012:
Wrap your mind around life in an economy organized around farming, with a much sparser distribution of big urban centers, and far fewer people overall. Don't imagine for a moment that your grandchildren will be zinging across the landscape in electric cars sampling one theme park after another while "networking" with "friends" on cyborg social networks implanted in their brain jellies. Think of them grooming their mules in the summer twilight. Anyway, you get the picture: everything that the finance ministries and treasuries and central banks are affecting to do is mere shadow theater performed in support of wishful thinking.
The question, then, is what kind of hardship and disorder will attend our journey out of the industrial era into post-technological age we are entering. Will we just turn the world into a Michael Bay movie and blow everything up? Or will we make some graceful descent and retain what is really best about the human spirit?