The Anthropocene Reviewed

The Anthropocene Reviewed

Essays on A Human-centered Planet

Book - 2021
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"The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this ... symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his ... 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"-- Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Dutton, [2021].
Edition: Signed edition.
ISBN: 9780525555216
0525555218
Branch Call Number: YA 814.6 GREE
Characteristics: 293 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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PhillipBrandon
Jun 10, 2021

A series of brief essays loosely joined together through the conceit of reviews and the knowing reductive absurdity of five-star ratings. The book's smattering of unrelated trivia interspersed with musings on the human condition led me to mentally categorize it as "If Wikipedia got a philosophy degree" but it's also much more personal than that.

For all his high-mindedness carefully tempered with self-deprecation —and the quotes, goodness the quotes. An English degree got its workout here.— I *like* John Green. I like the constructed persona he assures us he puts on for the public. I like his unflinching acknowledgment of mental illness. I can forgive his fondness of IndyCar racing. But most of all I like his persistent probing for the humanity in any banal experience.

The book is bite-sized and digestible. Equal parts interesting, compelling, and entertaining.

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