The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, best-selling 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.
Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together.
John Green’s gift for storytelling shines throughout this masterful collection. The Anthropocene Reviewed is a open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world.
I had never read John Green, never seen the word "anthropocene," and would never have considered reading this book without the recommendation of several book bloggers during Nonfiction November.
Working with the premise "everyone is a critic these days" Green (who at one time was a book reviewer at Bookmarks magazine) writes essays about all sorts of everyday objects, events and phenomenon. At the conclusion of each piece, he rates the subject using a 5-star scale. The essays are interesting, quirky, and cover a vast range of topics... like sunsets, Haley's comet, and even Diet Dr. Pepper. I'd be hard pressed to name a favorite. Getting to know John Green was an added bonus.
While I really loved listening to the author read his own words, these essays would be enjoyable in print, too. I highly recommend this eclectic collection to just about everyone.