James Howard Kunstler is a man of many talents. He's an acclaimed author, journalist, blogger, podcaster, lecturer and social critic whose work has helped shape and inform many a point of view over the years, including that of your host.
The author of several books including The Geography of Nowhere and Home From Nowhere, in which he looked at the situation that is suburban living in the United States, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, The Long Emergency (2005) about the challenges posed by the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other “converging catastrophes of the 21st Century.” and Too Much Magic (2012), a warning against the technological wishful thinking that characterized the nation’s mood of denial about the epochal problems we face.
With his 2008 novel, World Made By Hand, Mr. Kunstler began to explore his vision of a post-oil American future. This became a four-part series with the subsequent publication of The Witch of Hebron (2010) A History of the Future (2014), and the final installment The Harrows Of Spring (2016).
Mr. Kunstler is also the author of eight other novels including The Halloween Ball and An Embarrassment of Riches. He is a contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Op-Ed page, where he has written on environmental and economic issues. Earlier in his career, he worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, Mr. Kunstler turned his attention to writing books on a full-time basis.
He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, RPI, the University of Virginia and many other colleges, and he has appeared before many professional organizations such as the AIA , the APA., and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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