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Does writing books still matter in an era of environmental catastrophe?

06.02.2020
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In a speech made at the longlist announcement for the Stella prize, Briohny Doyle considers the role of literature in a time of climate crisisA few years ago, I was driven to a place called Paradise Beach by my own strong settler/coloniser impulse, after googling a list of "cheapest beachside addresses in Australia". My notion was that, given the unlikeliness of my owning an everyday home, I could skip straight to "beach house". I was looking to cut off a slice of so called Australia, put a fence around it, and indulge in endless summer. I booked an extraordinarily cheap Airbnb and decided to take a recce.I sped up the highway past the smoking Hazelwood power station and Loy Yang open-cut brown coalmine before turning onto a lonely, unpoliced road through vast swathes of clear-cut pine plantations and agricultural green. I hit Paradise singing country music, taking note of the free but nearly empty RV park, the foreclosed takeaway joint and general store selling nothing but booze and tackle. The action in town was clearly at the two real estate agents, side by side like gunslingers on a dusty main drag. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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