Against the Machine

What is a home? And what happens when old patterns of life break down? 

In his new book Savage Gods, British writer and former environmental activist Paul Kingsnorth wrestles with these questions. Contemporary threats to nature, he argues, are indicative of a deeper problem: the crisis of culture and language in the West. He joins Commonweal books columnist Anthony Domestico for a wide-ranging conversation on everything from the writings of Annie Dillard to the practice of Zen Buddhism. 

Plus, December at Commonweal means one thing: the publication of our annual Christmas Critics feature. The staff joins Dominic to talk about their favorite books this year.  

“We like to take our own ideas and feelings and prejudices, and generalize from them...but actually we’re just talking about ourselves.”—Paul Kingsnorth

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