I think this all looks like diversifying out in the face of intransigent predicaments. The only way I can make any sense at all of this is through poetry. There, no boundaries exist, cross disciplinary links can be easily taken. Comprehension through images and imagination can occur, or be alluded to without the demands of anything but a beauty of language and a diligent dedication toward truthfulness.
The list of books that I was reading last November has grown in length, rather than getting shorter. I have not fully completed reading those on the previous list, but instead have listed below those started and gotten part way into.
• Growing Wings on the Way: Systems Thinking for Messy Situations. Rosalind Thirty.
• Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General System Theory: The Dharma of Natural Systems. Joanna Macy.
• Death and the Afterlife. Samuel Scheffler.
• What We Have Learned: The Principles of Truth and Reconciliation. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
• Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments. Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno.
• Interconnected: Embracing Life in our Global Society. The Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
• Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind, Carolyn Baker and Guy McPherson.
• The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. Charles Eisenstein.
• Reality. Peter Kingsley.
• Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Rev. angel Kyodo Williams; Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah.
• Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion, second edition. Randal Marlin.
• Designing Regnerative Cultures. Daniel Christian Wahl.
• Thirty Year Plan: Thirty Writers on What We Need to Build a Better Future. Jennifer Sahn, editor.
• How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate. Andrew J. Hoffman.
• Strategies for Rapid Climate Change Mitigation: Wartime Mobilization as a Model for Action? Laurence L. Delina.
• Presence: Exploring Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society. Peter Sense, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworksi, Betty Sue Flowers.
• Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Volume 1: Looking Forward, Looking Back. Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples..
• Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts. James C. Scott.
• How Will Capitalism End? Essays on a Failing System Wofgang Streeck.
• Extinction: A Radical History. Ashley Dawson.
• A Farewell to Ice. Peter Wadhams.
• Imagining Extinction: The Cultured Meanings of Endangered Species. Ursula K. Heise.
• The Spoken Word Workbook: Inspiration from Poets who Teach. Sheri-D Wilson.
• •Old Angel Midnight. Jack Kerouac.
• An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. Louise Dunbar-Ortiz.
Books I have finished reading but am still engaged with, for one reason or another, are listed below. Presumably these would be the first for which I could write short reviews:
• Thinking in Systems: A Primer. Donella H. Meadows.
• Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation. Jonathan Lear.
• The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. Amitav Ghosh.
• Climate Sense: Changing the Way We Think & Feel About Our Climate in Crisis. Zaia Woodbury.
• Aesthetic Resistance and Dis-interest: That Which Will Not Allow Itself to Be Said. John Steppling.
• The Fate of the Earth. Jonathan Schell.
• Leaping Poetry: An Idea with Poems and Translations. Robert Bly..
Foolish me -- I forgot to list poetry books and chapbooks completely read since the previous post in Nov 2016:
• A Sleepwalk on the Severn. Alice Oswald.
• Gift Songs. John Burnside.
• Ecozoa. Helen Moore.
• The Long Walk. Jan Zwicky.
• Freshwater Genteel & Saltwater Rage. Andre Prefontaine.
• The Roads Have Come to an End Now. Rolf Jacobsen.
• On the Rocks. Danelle Altrogg.
• In the Garden (sept series). Monty Reid.
• Night Sky with Exit Wounds. Ocean Vuong.
• Calling Down the Sky. Rosana Dearchild.
• Jam Tree Gully. John Kinsella.
• Come, Thief. Jane Hirshfield.
• Baptism of Desire. Louise Erdrich.
• Erotic Poems. E. E. Cummings.
• Burning in this Midnight Dream. Louise Bernice Halfe.
• Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women, Jane Hirshfield, editor.
This list of books provides a view of my current reading interests. Sometime in the future I will update the list and add thumbnail notes on some, if not all, of the books.
• Unshelfmarked: Reconceiving the artist’s book. Michael Hampton. Axminster, Devon, UK: Uniform Books, 2015.
• The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision. Fritjof Capra, Pier Luigi Luisi. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
• The Anthropocene Lyric: An Affective Geography of Poetry, Person, Place. Tom Bristow. New York: Palgrave Macmilan/St. Martin’s Press LLC, 2015.
• In Search of Duende. Frederico Garcia Lorca. New York: New Directions Publishing Company/James Laughlin, 1955, 1998.
• Poems for the Millennium, Volume One: From Fin-de-Siècle to Negritude. Jerome Rothenberg, Pierre Joris, editors. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1995.