Oh the joy in discovering thinkers out there, thinkers who are saying what I'm thinking and more, and saying it better than I do. One of these folks is James Kunstler, author of a few books and keeper of the Clusterfuck Nation blog. Well, yeah, I visited the blog because of the name. Lucky for me it wasn't all haha. Although the man does have a sense of humor.
The article that caught my fancy is today's post, "Rigged to Blow". In it he notes that we Americans are living obliviously on borrowed time because our transportation system, heavily dependent on roads and personal vehicles and oil, is going to implode. And we will wonder what the f**k happened. True, he's hardly the first to make such comments. But he makes his case so beautifully that it is worth reading. Intrigued by this guy I had never heard of before I went to his main website, where I found a review he had written on a book called "Sprawl". He takes the authors to task for drawing false conclusions from questionable statistics. I have read other reviews of this book that came to the same place, mostly in planning magazines. But again, this one is so well-written it's worth a look. Also, reviews like this rarely make it to the mainstream. We are more likely to see a lightweight article extolling the book, saying it's okay, folks, to sprawl forever! This book proves it. Which, of course, it doesn't. The concept reminds me of the economic theory that we will grow forever, which I have always thought insane.
2K Blogger challenge is to come up with five things most people do not know about you. I am also entering this list into the 5 things contest sponsored by engtech.
1. I want to be famous. I want to be famous for an important book that I write. Don't ask what I'm doing to get that thing done.
2. I think about death all the time. Sort of the way men think about sex.
3. I enjoy good stories about gay sex. Men on men. Like Anne Rice's vampires and Queer as Folk.
4. I do almost nothing all day every day. Oh wait. People DO know that.
4a. I don't wish I were young again. I do wish I'd done more with my youth.
5. I think my stepmother was right to want nothing more in her life than to love and be loved.
What are yours? If you want to enter your list into engtech's contest, you'd better hurry. Here are his rules:
How to Participate
- Have a blog.
- Write a blog post about “Five Things”
- It has to be a NEW post published after February 13th, 2007.
- Link to this post and mention this contest.
- You can enter once per blog post.
- So you can enter multiple times with different lists of Five Things.
- Post a comment on this post with a link to your contest entry.
- I will be monitoring trackbacks, but posting a comment is the best way to ensure I don’t miss it.
- Contest deadline is 12:01 AM EST on March 31st, 2007.