Climate change is simple: We do something or we’re screwed [my TEDx video]

Berit Ellingsen:

A great article and talk about what climate change is, why it’s happening, and what the temperature changes will mean.
Via Grist and Dr. David Roberts.

Originally posted on Grist:

Back in April, The Evergreen State College invited me to speak at a TEDx event called “ Hello Climate Change: Rethinking the Unthinkable .” Videos from the event are now online .

My talk was called “Climate change is simple.” I’m proud to say that I used only 17 of my allotted 15 minutes.

I’ve put an annotated version of my slideshow beneath the video, linking to sources and adding thoughts. The only thing I’ll say about the video itself is that I’ve always thought these things would be better with a soundtrack. If anybody out there on the web wants to make a mashup with it, add some good beats, be my guest.

[UPDATE: Hey, someone pumped up the talk with music and visuals, just like I hoped! Go check it out.]

Okay, let’s walk through the slideshow, one or two at a time.

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Review of Transactions of the Flesh


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A review of the JK Huysmans tribute anthology Transactions of the Flesh, with a favorable mention of Summer Dusk, Winter Moon:

“Other treats here include Berit Ellingsen’s northern mythic ‘Summer Dusk, Winter Moon…'”

More information about the anthology and how to order the beautiful hardcover edition here.

(Image: “Not Quite Full” by Marialena Carr, used by kind permission.)

Grains of Sand – first excerpt from Landscapes, Fragments


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Grains of Sand, an excerpt from my new novel tentatively called Landscapes, Fragments, has been published in Blue Fifth Review.

Thank you so much to editors (and writer and world traveler) Michelle Elvy and (writer and cineaste) Sam Rasnake for inviting me to submit to Blue Fifth Review’s Landscapes Issue.

This is the first excerpt from Landscapes, Fragments to be published.

Check also out the other beautiful fragments in this issue of Blue Fifth Review!

(Image: Source Unknown)

French review of Une Ville Vide


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“Étrange impression, difficile à communiquer, mais qui mérite en tout cas de se poser pour en découvrir tous les contours…”

The French book blogger Tulisquoi has reviewed Une Ville Vide (The French edition of The Empty City), and it’s an accurate and eloquent review.

Merci beaucoup! Thank you so much for reading Une Ville Vide and writing such a beautiful review!

(Image by Tulisquoi, used with permission.)

A review of Transactions of the Flesh


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“The package is beyond to-die-for, the stories will give you the experience of death without the finality.”

A fun and interesting review of Transactions of the Flesh, the anthology in tribute of JK Huysmans.

Here‘s more information and the TOC of the anthology.

(Image: The cover of Transactions of the Flesh, by Jonas Plöger.)

Images by Phil-Paul Lambert


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“Restons Zen” – by Phil-Paul Lambert.

One of my French friends on Twitter, Phil-Paul Lambert, takes images that are always beautiful and surprising.

The area where Phil-Paul lives is currently flooding. He simply calls it “un peu d’eau” (“A little water”). These are some of Phil-Paul’s photos of the flood.

Used with kind permission from Phil-Paul Lambert. Merci beaucoup de m’avoir permis de publier vos photos ici!

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“Lignes de flottaison”- by Phil-Paul Lambert.

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“Ciel tombé en crue” – by Phil-Paul Lambert.

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“Résistances” – by Phil-Paul Lambert.

Satori – illustrated early work


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A few years ago a young Norwegian artist named Einar Bratli generously made a comic book version of one of my early short stories, Satori.

Einar posted the panels of the story in his blog. (Click on the page itself to see the fifth and last panel, not the image sequence.)

Check out Einar’s other comic book art.

There is also the illustrated version of What Girls Really Think, a short story that was published as a miniature chapbook by Brian Warfield’s Turtleneck Press in 2011.

(Illustration by Einar Bratli)

Summer Dusk, Winter Moon – in Transactions of the Flesh


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The short story Summer Dusk, Winter Moon is now out in Transactions of the Flesh, an anthology in tribute of French fin de siecle writer JK Huysmans, is now out and ready for shipping!

And it looks stunning, the very limited lettered edition was sold out before publication of this numbered edition.

More information below about the numbered edition and its contents.

To order, mail jonas @ buecherwelten . com

Here is more information from the publisher, Zagava Books:

In stock and shipping: “Transactions of the Flesh: A Homage to J-K Huysmans”, edited by D.P. Watt and Peter Holman.

Published by Zagava Books and Ex Occidente Press. (80 GBPs, including worldwide shipping)

Orders and inquiries:

Limited to 150 numbered copies, clothed in deluxe black-bluish Tsarina crushed silk (depending on the quality of the light, this stunning fabric adopts multiple colors/tints) custom die-cut front board, illustrated endpapers, silk book mark. (The lettered edition sold out before publication)

The content:

Pray to the God of Flux by Jonathan Wood
Ziegler against the World by John Howard
Towards Nature by Douglas Thompson
In Our Deep Vaulted Cell by Derek John
Summer Dusk, Winter Moon by Berit Ellingsen
Ash Sun, Rasberry Sky by Adam Golaski
Angel Head by Harold Billings
Starless Mornings Find Me Older by Peter Holman
An Expiatory Pessimism by Eugene Thacker
The Red Seed by Louis Marvick
Indescribable by M.O.N.
The Key to Jerusalem by Mark Valentine
Endgame Aesthete by Jeremy Reed
The Sulphur Remedy by Oliver Smith
Salammbo and the Zaimph of Tanit by Colin Insole
Again, the Granite, or A 21st Century Secret Experiment in Devastating Ennui by Charles Schneider
A Hive of Pain by D.P.Watt
Pierrot the Sceptic (1881) by Leon Hennique and J.-K- Huysmans
— with Harold Billings and 5 others.

(Images: The cover and page from the interior of Transactions of the Flesh, used by permission from Jonas Plöger)


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