Sunday, April 12, 2009

James Howard Kunstler on Suburbia

Colin and I rewatched this talk by James Howard Kunstler yesterday. Though he can be overly vitriolic, I appreciate his message and his clear case for the "Tragedy of Suburbia."

Kunstler's themes always make me think of this awesome photographer, Andreas Gursky, and this image in particular.

Here are some of my favorite parts from his talk -- they do a pretty good job of describing why I care so much about working here on the farm:

"We're going to have to downscale, rescale, and resize virtually everything we do in this country and we can't start soon enough to do it. We're going to have to live closer to where we work, we're going to have to live closer to each other, we're going to have to grow more food closer to where we live. The age of the 3000 mile Caesar salad is coming to an end."

"Life in the mid 21st century is going to be about living locally. Be prepared to be good neighbors. Be prepared to find vocations that make you useful to your neighbors and your fellow citizens."

And here's the full video in case you're interested -- he's a pretty hilarious guy.

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