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KunstlerCast 266 – Conversation with Clark Strand

Conversation with Clark Strand, author of Waking Up to the Dark – Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age. A former Buddhist monk, Clark Strand poses the question: has electric lighting compromised our humanness, damaged our spirits, and foreclosed our future? Does it represent much of what has gone wrong with modernity. We explore this and other facets of his graceful and original new book.



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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 the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

8 Responses to “KunstlerCast 266 – Conversation with Clark Strand”

  1. davidreese2 May 9, 2015 at 8:00 am #

    Fascinating interview! I’d call it one of Kunstler’s best, except that it’s impossible to single out any one of them as being the “best.”

    But wow! What an interview! It sparkles with wit and wisdom.

  2. barbisbest May 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Things do pop out in the spring.

  3. barbisbest May 18, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Wow. August 2011. The time of the earthquake that rattled most of the eastern seaboard. That’s her. The Divine feminine that has been somewhat suppressed. But Mr. Strand gets it wrong, woman is darkness, and she is light.

  4. Bocaj May 25, 2015 at 3:24 am #

    6:30 What a load of hogwash. JHK you’ve said many times that you’re allergic to conspiracies – but what is this?!

    We’re talking evolutionary biology about some mythical humanoid creature that has a genetic disposition to mate during the North American summer?

    In case we’ve all forgotten here, modern humans are not descended from neanderthals – we have no special adaptations for the northern hemisphere. We are a hairless, lithe-limbed mammal which is most at home on the subtropical plains of the African subcontinent. There is no instinct to eat rapidly and mate in the summer in preparation for a sparse and frigid winter.

    Furthermore, the nations in which the lion’s share of population growth have occurred still have no electrical lighting, and rely on kerosene for those hours when the sun isn’t shining. You cannot explain the explosion in Chinese, Indian, and African populations with harsh electrical lights.

    JHK I admire the way that you are able to delve into the industrial history of the United States, but not everything in this world was designed around the Northern Hemisphere.

    As an aside – I have heard that 90%+ participants in psychological studies are psychology undergraduates at American universities – when you perform cross-cultural studies on human concepts of self, pattern recognition, and decision-making it turns out that WE are the weird ones.

  5. barbisbest June 5, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Bocaj. Are you sure we’re not descended from Neanderthals? Don’t be so sure.

    The Divine Feminine is deeply connected to nature. The tape on her mouth represents the culture of empire.

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  6. barbisbest June 14, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    Lovely words, beautifully read. Thank you Mr. Strand/JHK.

    Clark has written one of two of the most important books of this century, Waking up to the Dark is a reply to Kunstler’s Long Emergency and a spiritual manual for the present and future. Your book, the Long Emergency, Journey of Souls and Return to Life will always be on my favorite book list.

    All I can say is Wow Mr. Strand. Even if I die, good riddance. We go anyway and only what is felt is left.

  7. barbisbest June 16, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    The earthquake that struck the same month of Mr. Strand’s vision of the DF was only a 5.8 but was felt by people from more than a dozen U.S. states and more people than any other earthquake in American history. Although no deaths were reported, the earthquake prompted research that revealed that the farthest landslide from the epicenter was 150 miles (240 km), by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude. The epicenter was Trevillian Station, Virginia.

  8. bibliosk8er July 24, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

    On a recent trip to Germany for a skateboarding contest, after many hours of air and car travel, I should have felt horrible for the first few days. Arriving in Germany after travelling on Friday night, at a campsite at midnight, we immediately went to sleep. The sun rose at about 5am, we all got up, and immediately walked down the hill to the skatepark and began to ride.

    We continued this for several days. Up at sunrise, sleep at dark (no artificial light).

    My body immediately adjusted to this more natural way. No jet leg at all. None. Felt great the whole trip.

    Now back home to my normal schedule and feel slighly like shit all the time, just like normal.