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  •  I'm reading this book: (16+ / 0-)

    The Long Emergency
    by James Howard Kunstler

    The whole book is here in pdf format:

     Emergency is a startling vision of what lies ahead,
    bringing new urgency and accessibility to the
    critical issues that will shape our future, and
    which we can no longer afford to ignore.
    in New York City in 1948. He is the author of
    three other nonfiction books, The Geography of
    Nowhere, Home from Nowhere, and The City in
    Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, as well as
    nine novels, including Maggie Darling: A Modern
    Romance, The Halloween Ball, and An Embarrass­
    ment of Riches. He has been an editor at Rolling
    Stone and his articles have appeared in The
    Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times  

    I'm almost done with the book.

    If the predictions in this book come true,
    I intend to move into a then defunct Home Depot store.

    I'll build a small cottage inside the store,
    from the lumber and insulation and drywall and shingles
    in the store.

    I'll invite some folks, not sure how many,
    to help with the farming just outside the store,
    and the canning and butchering and cooking.

    They can,
    each family,
    build more cottages.

    Biggest problems may be
    drought conditions here in Wichita,
    not much crops in a drought,
    and not much fuel for heating and cooking.

    May need to move to Missouri,

    Read the book,
    it's about the USA and the world
    running out of oil and natural gas.

    We've been fighting wars over this already.

    When the price of gasoline is $25 per gallon,
    and the gas station is usually out,
    that's what the book is about,
    although I had to add those specifics.

    The book has no specific predictions.

    I need to write my own book,
    or maybe I could write diaries and comments
    at a political blog...........

    •  bigjac, is this a free book? (9+ / 0-)

      It looks interesting.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 05:00:16 AM PST

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      •  Click on the link, it has the whole book there. (8+ / 0-)

        There was no firewall to make me pay anything.

        The only thing the printed version has
        that the pdf file does not
        is the epilogue.

        •  while Long Emergency is a good book, it's not (6+ / 0-)

          for the faint of heart! Kunstler has a pretty grim take on things; maybe because the weather is so much harsher Back East, and the starting population density so much greater than in the West.

          OY! I just realized that LE is the non-fiction version! the next 2 paragraphs are about his fictionalized version, World Made By Hand! & The Witch of Hebron! never mind, never mind. I think I have also read LE, but apparently don't have any distinctive memories, just another "dystopia-coming" non-fic.
          I remember there being cultural differences that may pop up for you depending on where you grew up, are now living, what age you are, how direct your experiential connections to life as she was lived before WWII. (i.e., I grew up in the 50's & 60's, with Depression Baby parents, dry-farmer grandparents on one side & apple orchardist on the other. In a very green, temperate location, not too hot, not too cold, effectively no snow to deal with...)

          Even with my supportive background and long, long history of SF dystopian stories, I found it a little depressing. Haven't read the sequel yet, not sure I'm too interested in how the nutty cult that moved in affects things

          "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

          by chimene on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:18:10 AM PST

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