How Shall I Live My Life—On Liberating the Earth from Civilization: By Derrick Jensen, 302 pgs. By Steve Hart

I know we’ve all seen the news lately and it is difficult to find much hope out there. Sure, there are small incidents of people treating each other well, but for the most part, it’s feeling pretty bleak. Of course, there are a few ways to respond to this news. We can drink and party—and there’s nothing wrong with that, I suppose—or we can look for solutions to some of the problems we face. Derrick Jensen is in search for some of the solutions to these times of despair with interviews of amazing authors, philosophers, activists, and environmentalists. Each person interviewed brings new insights onto difficult questions, like, “Where do we go after peak oil?” and “What’s wrong with getting cheap [merchandise] from Taiwan?” How Shall I Live My Life may not be a book for everybody, since not everyone wants to be confronted in their pocketbooks and lifestyle choices. I will allow that there are also people who just don’t give a shit about things like this, but for those who do want to find a way to return to a lifestyle that doesn’t involve trading in nine hours of our day, every day, for a few pieces of paper, this could be the book for you. It drives home deeply that there is a serious crisis modern civilization is facing but does allow for hope and a solution. –PM Press, PO Box 23912, Oakland, CA 94623