The Anthropocene Reviewed

Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

eBook, 304 pages

English language

Published Aug. 31, 2021 by Dutton.

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The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.

Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together.

John Green’s gift for storytelling shines throughout this masterful collection. The Anthropocene Reviewed is a open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world. --penguinrandomhousehighereducation

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This is another example of me picking books that contain things I already know. I have watched every Vlogbrothers video for the last 4 to 6 years, I've watched a lot of the Art assignment, and it's a bit of a wonder I haven't listened to the podcast this book was based on. Of course the stories are told with a bit more nuance than they are in the under 4 minute videos, and some of them moved me this time of hearing them as much as the first time. Still, I wish I'd start picking books that are a bit more novel to me.

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