Other Side of Darkness
The Other Side of Darkness is an entertaining and illuminating three CD set recorded during Derrick Jensen's speaking tours in 2003. He talks about civilization, hate groups, denial, silencing, and our relationships to the natural world in an at turns humorous, heart rending, mind expanding, and ultimately healing journey - with Jensen not so much as guide but experienced fellow traveler. 'We are members of the most destructive culture ever to exist. Our assault on the natural world, on indigenous and other cultures, on women, on children, on all of us through the possibility of nuclear suicide and other means--all these are unprecedented in their magnitude and ferocity. Why do we act as we do? What are sane and effective responses to outrageously destructive behavior? What will it take for us to stop the horrors that characterize our way of being? My work and life revolve around these questions.' - Derrick Jensen Derrick Jensen is the award winning author of A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, Listening to the Land, Strangely Like War, and most recently, Walking on Water: on Reading, Writing, and Revolution (Chelsea Green, 2004). He was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, which cited The Culture of Make Believe, as 'a passionate and provocative meditation on the nexus of racism, genocide, environmental destruction and corporate malfeasance, where civilization meets it's discontents.' Praise for The Culture of Make Believe: 'Derrick Jensen tears our illusions from us with his shocking yet graceful prose. It might numb us, but no. The Culture of Make Believe is a masterpiece. It stirs us with the excitement of being in a truer world, being our truer selves. Derrick Jensen is a public intellectual who who both breaks and mends the reader's heart.' Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet For A Small Planet 'Derrick Jensen is a man driven to stare without flinching at the baleful design of our culture, which encourages us to honor those who wreak the most havoc on the world (and on human lives) and to scorn those who protest against the havoc as opponents of decency and good order. In fact, The Culture of Make Believe so explicitly reveals the intimacy between the murder of the world and 'decency and good order' that I'm surprised any author would dare write it and any publisher would dare bring it to print. His analysis of our culture's predilection for hatred and destruction will rattle your bones.' Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael Praise for Walking on Water: 'Jensen deserves four checkmarks for courage . . . His ideas are always radical and often inspiring. He rails against the public education system frequently and with refreshing humor, telling students their papers 'have to be good enough--interesting enough--that I would rather read them than make love.' Jensen's strength lies in his honest, provocative, passionate approach . . . Jensen's first, second, third and fourth rules of writing are don't bore the reader. In that effort, he succeeds masterfully.' -Publisher's Weekly 2/9/04 'I would urge all teachers' colleges and schools of education to get rid of their textbooks and required courses and instead give everyone preparing to be a teacher a copy of Derrick Jensen's Walking on Water. It is a superb commentary on learning, for both teachers and students--practical and visionary at the same time.' Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present and Terrorism and War 'The clarity and force of these ideas cut like a scalpel in the hands of a surgeon, preserving the vital, removing the diseased. Mr. Jensen burns sharp holes in the dark places of those rituals we have been tricked into believing are education. We owe him a debt of gratitude for these transformational insights. Read this book!' John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling 'Almost brutal in it's honesty, revealing of the ways the system reproduces itself, and liberating. . . . Jensen's Walking on Water is an act of hope, of resistance, of life-affirmance that calls for the end of what my brother, Delbert Africa, aptly called a 'deathstyle.'' Mumia Abu-Jamal, author of All Things Censored.