Monday, October 26, 2009

Whole Earth Discipline mini quasi-review

I went to a book signing last week -- Tuesday, October the 20th to be exact. Stewart Brand was in town pushing his new book, Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto at the Tattered Cover. The presentation was associated with the Rocky Mountain Land Series. (See also their library.) I last saw Stewart Brand speak at the 2003 SLA conference in NYC.

Anyway, the presentation was really good. I learned about some new types of small nuclear reactors that are being developed. The best part of the talk for me was his discussion of the recommended reading list. I am glad that my academic library already has most of these titles, and I plan to buy the two books we don't already have.

1 comment:

James Aach said...

FYI: I don't really want to add to your reading list, but at least I can offer it free:

Mr. Brand was kind enough to endorse my book "Rad Decision: A Novel of Nuclear Power," the only available look at the people, politics and technology of the US nuclear industry from the inside. I've worked within the security fence at US plants for over twenty years. We've heard from scientists, pundits, and advocates on this issue, but an actual nuke plant is still a scary black box to most people. Regretably, press coverage has been similar to reporting on a war without ever talking to the soldiers doing the job every day. I cover the good AND the bad from an insider's perspective.

"I'd like to see Rad Decision widely read." - Stewart Brand