Rex Weyler's Anthropocene Reading List

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Following is a companion reading list for Rex Weyler’s article What Can We Do?

We compiled it while cutting the original draft to shoehorn it into our print magazine – quite a few of Weyler’s suggestions pointed towards reading certain works, or any works by certain authors.

Many of the authors he mentioned have plentiful works, and this sampling is by no means exhaustive.


David Abram. The Spell of the Sensuous. Toronto: Random House. 1996

Mark Anielski. An Economy of Well-being: Common Sense Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers. 2018.

Matsuo Bashō. Bashō’s Journey: Selected Literary Prose by Matsuo Bashō. trans. David Landis Barnhill. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Gregory Bateson. Steps to an Ecology of Mind. University of Chicago Press. 1972.

Nora Bateson. Small Arcs of Larger Circles. Axminster, England: Triarchy Press. 2016

Janine Benyus. Biomimicry. New York: Harper Collins. 1997

Wendell Berry. Solving for Pattern, Chapter 9, The Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural & Agricultural. North Point Press. 1981

William Blake. The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake. Toronto: Random House. 1988

Rachel Carson. Silent Spring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 1962.

William Catton. Overshoot. University of Illinois Press. 1980.

Chellis Glendinning. My Name is Chellis and I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization. Toronto: Random House. 1984

N. Georgescu-Roegen. The Entropy Law and the Economic Process. Harvard College. 1971.

Susan Griffin. Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her. New York: Harper and Row. 1978.

Denise Levertov. The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov. Penguin Random House Canada. 2013.

Donella Meadows, et. al. Limits to Growth. New American Library. 1977. Also,
Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing. 2004

Read Arne Naess. The Ecology of Wisdom: Writings by Arne Naess. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press. 2008

Howard Odum. A Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies. Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado. 2001.

Mary Oliver. Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver. New York: Penguin Random House. 2017

Li Po (also known as Li Bo, Li Bai and Li Taibai). The Selected Poems of Li Po. New York: New Directions Publishing. 1996

William Rees. The Way Forward: Survival 2100. Solutions Journal v.3, #3, June 2012

J. Rockström, et. al. Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity. Ecology and Society. 2009.

Nanao Sakaki. Break the Mirror. Maine: Blackberry Books. 1996

Paul Shepard. Coming Home to the Pleistocene. Washington, DC: Shearwater Books. 1998

Vaclav Smil. Energy and Civilization: A History. Massachusetts: MIT Press. 2017

Gary Snyder. Turtle Island. New Direction Books. 1975

Stockholm Resilience Centre. The nine planetary boundaries.

Joseph Tainter. The Collapse of Complex Societies. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1988.

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