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Notes from an apocalypse : a personal journey to the end of the world and back / Mark O'Connell.

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  • ISBN: 9780385543002
  • ISBN: 038554300X
  • ISBN: 9780525435310
  • ISBN: 052543531X
  • Physical Description: 252 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2020]

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Tribulations -- Preparations -- Luxury survival -- Bolthole -- Off-world colony -- Under the hide -- The final resting place of the future -- The redness of the map.
Summary, etc.:
"By the author of the award-winning To Be a Machine, a deeply considered look at the people and places in confrontation with the end of our days We're alive in a time of worst-case scenarios: The weather has gone uncanny, volatile. Our old post-war alliances are crumbling. Everywhere you look there's an omen, a joke whose punchline is the end of the world. How are we to live in the shadow of such a grim future? What does the world hold for our children? What might it be like to live through the worst? And what is anybody doing about it? Dublin-based writer Mark O'Connell ("wryly humorous, cogently insightful"--NPR) is possessed by these questions. In Notes from an Apocalypse, he crosses the globe in pursuit of answers. He tours survival bunkers in South Dakota. He ventures to New Zealand, a favored retreat of billionaires banking on civilization's collapse. And he bears witness to those places where the future has already arrived--real-life portraits of the end of the world as we know it. In doing so, he offers us a unique window into our apocalyptic imagination. Part tour, part pilgrimage, Notes from an Apocalypse is an affecting and hopeful meditation on our alarming present tense. With insight, humanity, and wit, O'Connell leaves you to wonder: What if the end of the world isn't the end of the world?"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Survivalism.
Emergency management > Social aspects.
Emergency management > Social aspects.
Survivalism.

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The end of the world portends right-wing vigilantism and left-wing nihilism, according to this bleakly comic tour of doomsday ideologies. Consumed by fears of climate change and beset by self-criticism--"my footprint is as broad and deep and indelible as my guilt"--journalist O'Connell (To Be a Machine) surveys several strands of apocalyptic foreboding. He treats the reactionary, survivalist varieties--including American doomsday preppers stockpiling food and ammo in anticipation of urban rioters, a real-estate developer peddling bunkers on a former South Dakota military base, and Mars-colonization enthusiasts who fondly invoke white settlers' colonization of the U.S.--as pathological expressions of social paranoia, toxic patriarchy, and outright "fascism," and makes clear that his sympathies lie more with progressive doomsayers. On a camping trip with deep ecology pessimists who refute the "myth" that humans are "fundamentally distinct" from nature and welcome the climate change--induced collapse of civilization, O'Connell communes with grass and sky and finds talk of human extinction "strangely cheerful." Readers who agree that the U.S. is "a rapidly metastasizing tumor of inequality, hyper-militarism, racism, surveillance, and... terminal-stage capitalism" will be equally terrified and bemused by O'Connell's musings, while those who are less credulous about narratives of ecological apocalypse will find much to dispute. The result is a wryly humorous if somewhat overwrought rumination that's more a symptom than a diagnosis of Western civilization's apocalyptic discontents. (Apr.)

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Possessed by "apocalyptic anxieties," O'Connell (To Be a Machine, 2017) undertook "a series of perverse pilgrimages, to those places where the shadows of the future fall most darkly across the present." From his home in Dublin, he journeys to the far reaches of the online disaster-prepper community. In the U.S., he meets a developer selling off former South Dakota military bunkers to the apocalypse-conscious, and attends a conference on Mars colonization in LA. He visits the New Zealand refuge purchased by an American tech billionaire, takes a daylong "nature solo" in a Scottish industrial wasteland turned wildlife refuge, and embarks on an undeniably strange and gripping adventure-tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. This combines far-reaching analyses of the predicaments we're in now, from sociopolitical and philosophical angles, with relatable, often funny, and ultimately hopeful personal moments (including affecting passages on raising young children). A more-than-companionable guide, O'Connell sets out to understand how we live under constant threat of climate change and political terror, and finds that the answer is, more or less, we do.