Friday, December 26, 2008

Sharon Astyk's Depletion and Abundance

I recently treated myself (all self-Santa like) to a copy of Sharon Astyk's recently published book Depletion and Abundance. I've been following her blog for over a year now and had been looking forward to getting my paws on a copy. I was wondering if anyone reading this has either read the Astyk book or (better!) is in the middle of reading it? If so, I'd be interested in discussing some of it over the next few weeks. I'm only 30 pages in, at this point, but am already liking what she has to say about the devaluation of work that's been deemed part of the private sphere -- work that until very recently was defined as "women's work" that was completed in and around the home, and that mostly revolved around one's family. I hope to get through the rest of it over the next week and a half while on vacation.

I'd picked up an additional copy of it for an old-fashioned doomer friend, hoping to be able to discuss it with him, but he's discounted the relevance of a woman's voice in the Peak Oil awareness / preparation movement, asserting that the Trinity of Heinberg, Ruppert and Savinar hold all of the answers that he -- or anyone -- should need.

(Listening to: Charles Mingus' Self-Portrait in Three Colors)


Unknown said...

Wow. Don't really know what to say about your friend except, gee! What a peach!

I have that book waiting for me at the library so I should pick it up tomorrow. I've also been following her blog and I'm excited to read the book. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

M said...

Unfortunately, his attitude isn't that out of the norm. Astyk wrote a great piece about peak oil as a women's issue and the predominance of men involved in the the movement (or whatever it should be called).