Aaron Weinacht is Professor of History at the University of Montana Western. His research interests include Russian Nihilism and Philosophy of History. His true vocation involves building custom furniture and working on the 15 acres he hopes will someday be a homestead.
A short review cannot do justice to the range of reasons visitors to the Porch should read Kingsnorth’s three novels, so I’ll begin simply by saying: Read them. These are thought-provoking, challenging, and linguistically creative novels.
Thinking about ecology from a national perspective, my house with standard R-19 walls and R40 roof, standard windows, and so on, is a “problem.” From a local perspective, though, there’s a solution that’s far simpler than the ones proposed by national standards for green building: Get up from my library chair and throw another log in the wood stove.