The Mushroom at the End of the World

The Mushroom at the End of the World

On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

Book - 2017
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Publisher's description: Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world - and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing's account of this sought-after fungi offers insights into areas far beyond just mushrooms and addresses a crucial question: what manages to live in the ruins we have made? The Mushroom at the end of the world is an original examination of the relationship between capitalist destruction and collaborative survival within multispecies landscapes, the prerequisite for continuing life on earth.
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780691178325
Branch Call Number: History 304.2 Tsi


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Jul 26, 2016

Reading The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing is like having a window into the mind of Akhilandeshvari (the Hindu Goddess also known as Never-Not-Broken). All potential comes from embracing the cataclysmic, transformative process of change, world building and interconnectedness that all living and non-living entities share.

She expands your mind to see not just with the blinders of linear progress unaware of greater patterns, but of seeing the entire four (five? Forty-two?) dimensional mandala of interconnectedness. She draws on madrigal and fugue music’s polyphonic aspect – autonomous melodies intertwined – to help the reader begin to perceive the greater joy and truth of complexity. She defines contamination as transformation through encounter.

Read it. Feel stupid for a while. And then feel expanded.

Mar 25, 2016

I would highly recommend this book to anyone seriously looking for help in how to think about the world that made us and the ruins we've made with our life-ways. Fascinating and often delightful and hopeful.


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