Recommended link: We imagine how it feels to be a character, why can’t we imagine how the land feels?

If only we wrote novels…

Everybody Means Something

Mountains near Membegan, West Papua. Photograph: Jane Sweeney/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images Mountains near Membegan, West Papua. Photograph: Jane Sweeney/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images

There was an intriguing piece by Paul Kingsnorth in last weekend’s Guardian. It strongly suggests how far our machine model of nature and of ourselves is missing the real point and dangerously distorting the truth. It also raises the question of whether our art, in this case the novel, could do more to redress this imbalance. Below is a short extract: for the full post see link.

Climate change and mass extinctions suggest that we have been telling the wrong stories. Writers need to reconnect with the natural world.

We had climbed, slowly, to a high mountain ridge. We were two young Englishmen who were not supposed to be here – journalism was forbidden – and four local guides, members of the Lani tribe. Our guides were moving us around the highlands of West Papua, taking us to…

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