learning to scuba dive / deep sea dive
SOME THINGS I AM INTERESTED IN
please feel free to contact me if you are interested in these things and want to talk about or collaborate on something with me: email@example.com
Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world—and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Through its ability to nurture trees, matsutake helps forests to grow in daunting places. It is also an edible delicacy in Japan, where it sometimes commands astronomical prices. In all its contradictions, matsutake offers insights into areas far beyond just mushrooms and addresses a crucial question: what manages to live in the ruins we have made?
A tale of diversity within our damaged landscapes, The Mushroom at the End of the World follows one of the strangest commodity chains of our times to explore the unexpected corners of capitalism. Here, we witness the varied and peculiar worlds of matsutake commerce: the worlds of Japanese gourmets, capitalist traders, Hmong jungle fighters, industrial forests, Yi Chinese goat herders, Finnish nature guides, and more. These companions also lead us into fungal ecologies and forest histories to better understand the promise of cohabitation in a time of massive human destruction.
By investigating one of the world's most sought-after fungi, The Mushroom at the End of the World presents an original examination into the relation between capitalist destruction and collaborative survival within multispecies landscapes, the prerequisite for continuing life on earth.
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Niels Bohr Professor at Aarhus University in Denmark, where she codirects Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA). She is the author of Friction and In the Realm of the Diamond Queen (both Princeton).
the rainbow body
...the dying person starts to shrink until he or she disappears. Usually fingernails, toenails and hair are left behind. The attainment of the rainbow body is typically accompanied by the appearance of lights and rainbows.
GOOKS / Documentary that features the hospital my dad started in Saigon
oil rigs / ocean platforms
how can I get on one?
particularly in the melting northern passage of the arctic
delusional energy economics
How is energy cost measured? Environmental economists + extreme weather scientists, please help me understand the gross blind spots in terms of the costs of environmental degradation / mass displacement + storage of nuclear waste ?
Salt water / solar powered lights // ENERGY // Fossil Fuel Divestment
Boulanger + Ruthie
Family / Colonial / gold + coal + diamond mining /
EMPIRE / SPACES OF EMPIRE / THE INTERNET AS A COLONIAL PROJECT
cooling towers /data centers
particularly in the ocean
Extractivism / Mining / Tunnel Boring - Family History + Connection / Counterpoint to deep sea diving
Great Grandfather Percy Robbins watercolors + sketches / engineering work
Do I bear a resemblance?
to my great-grandfather Percy Robbin
TUNNELS / BORING / Infrastructure projects
earthseed - following Octavia Butler
Bon Baisers Des Colonies
Rubber plantations in Indochina // Guidebooks + arbiters of taste worldwide
energy use + storage
10,000 containers fall into the sea every year. Some wash ashore.
shipwrecks in general