October 31, 2019

A short excerpt from Chapter Three of the work-in-progress Amateur Kittens Dreaming Solar Energy

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There was a moment when I was working on this book when I started to lose my mind a little bit and thought: what needs to happen is that the telepathic kittens save us from ecological collapse. I became more and more obsessed with the idea. And it wasn’t clear whether I thought the kittens needed to save us within the narrative or outside of it, in reality, which I might have been somewhat losing my grasp on. And of course this thought is yet another variation on the kinds of stories where something – some entity or ideology or technology – comes to save us from ourselves. I believe such stories basically to be a form of despair disguised as hope, a form of wishful thinking that can be surprisingly convincing when performed with the right combination of insight and craft, which this particular version of it is obviously not.



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