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Ho ho ho! It’s that time of year again. Here’s JHK’s holiday classic: A Christmas Orphan.

11-year-old Jeff Greenaway hears his mom and dad argue one night after an office Christmas party. He infers from their garbled squabble that he is an orphan, found in a willow basket on the welcome mat outside their New York apartment. Thinking now that his parents are imposters, he steals away to Grand Central Station and buys a train ticket to Drakesville, Vermont, where he intends to start life all over again.
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The Geography of Nowhere

The Geography of Nowhere, my first non-fiction book on the tragic sprawlscape of cartoon architecture, junked cities, and ravaged countryside where we live and work. I argued that the mess we’ve made of our everyday environment was not merely the symptom of a troubled culture, but one of the primary causes of our troubles. “We more »

The Geography of NowhereThe Geography of Nowhere, my first non-fiction book on the tragic sprawlscape of cartoon architecture, junked cities, and ravaged countryside where we live and work. I argued that the mess we’ve made of our everyday environment was not merely the symptom of a troubled culture, but one of the primary causes of our troubles. “We created a landscape of scary places, and we became a nation of scary people.”

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About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. a long path | Brain Noise - August 13, 2013

    […] by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck, and a trio of books by James Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere, Home From Nowhere, and The City in […]

  2. Film - Peak Oil and The End of Suburbia - City Clock - June 20, 2014

    […]  An investment bank with expertise in the energy sector.  Also of particular note, author of The Geography of Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler is a prominent subject in this film. Take a look at the trailer and / or […]

  3. Public Health Study: Proximity to Sprawl Affects Walkability | Miami Geographic - July 1, 2014

    […] This is nothing new, of course. We’re all well-acquainted with the geography of American suburbia, or, as Howard Kunslter describes it, the geography of nowhere. […]

  4. Interview with Josh Paget, Director of the New Urbanism Film Festival | Streetsblog Los Angeles - October 21, 2014

    […] recommended that I read the The Geography of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler. I got hooked on urbanism from that angle: How does this affect me? I started a book group with my […]

  5. When the suburbs had soul: Column - People's News Now - March 6, 2015

    […] oppression in the pseudo-colonial home models the station wagons and golden retrievers. It was "the geography of nowhere." But if like me you grew up in a suburb in the 1960s or 1970s it was likely that you had a good […]

  6. Weekend Reading 2/26/16 | Sightline Institute - February 26, 2016

    […] of his blog, Clusterf*** Nation—is not for everyone. Yet there is no denying that his 1993 Geography of Nowhere is an all time classic in the city builder […]

  7. Culture Where You Least Expect It: Urban Planning Lessons from the MALL of Cookeville, TN /  The Manic American - November 13, 2016

    […] Howard Kunstler, author of the seminal Geography of Nowhere, is perhaps America’s most outspoken critic of big-box architecture. His core argument is […]