We're Doomed. Now What?:
Essays on War and Climate Change
in conversation with ANDREW BACEVICH
This event includes a book signing
August 15, 2018
7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store, 350 Mass, and Mass Humanities welcome acclaimed writer and Notre Dame English professor ROY SCRANTON—author of War Porn and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene—for a discussion of his latest book, We're Doomed. Now What?: Essays on War and Climate Change. He will be joined in conversation by ANDREW BACEVICH—acclaimed historian, author, and Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University.
About We're Doomed. Now What?
An American Orwell for the age of Trump, Roy Scranton faces the unpleasant facts of our day with fierce insight and honesty. We’re Doomed. Now What? penetrates to the very heart of our time.
Our moment is one of alarming and bewildering change—the breakup of the post-1945 global order, a multispecies mass extinction, and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it. Not one of us is innocent, not one of us is safe. Now what?
We’re Doomed. Now What? addresses the crisis that is our time through a series of brilliant, moving, and original essays on climate change, war, literature, and loss, from one of the most provocative and iconoclastic minds of his generation. Whether writing about sailing through the melting Arctic, preparing for Houston’s next big storm, watching Star Wars, or going back to the streets of Baghdad he once patrolled as a soldier, Roy Scranton handles his subjects with the same electric, philosophical, demotic touch that he brought to his groundbreaking book, Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene.
"Roy Scranton is one of the most gifted writers of his generation." —Amitav Ghosh, author of The Great Derangement: Climate Change
"Roy Scranton is our Jeremiah of the Anthropocene and a brutally honest chronicler of American violence in all its forms. His message is as urgent as it is discomfiting. Hear him." —Andrew J. Bacevich, author of America's War for the Greater East: A Military History
"These are thoughtful, powerful essays from the extremes of geography and experience. Not easy reading, but electric and worthwhile." —Mark Greif, author of Against Everything: Essays
"Readers brave enough to pick it up will discover the direct and unvarnished commentary it promises . . . Based on its title, some readers might expect We're Doomed to function as an unremitting rant against the people and agencies actively destroying the environment. But Scranton is a more subtle and versatile writer than that. While he has many disturbing factoids about climate change at his fingertips—and deploys them with precision and accuracy—the essays benefit from the author’s tendency toward self-deprecation." —Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club
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350 Massachusetts for a Better Future is building a powerful statewide social movement to confront the climate crisis, hold our politicians accountable and undermine the destructive influence of the fossil fuel industry. Our name comes from 350 parts per million, the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Learn more here.
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