The Ragged Edge of the World

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Environmental writer Eugene Linden talks about how the far corners on the earth have been changed by—or have resisted being changed by—modernity. The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands, and Indigenous Peoples Meet looks at this environmental frontier—Vietnam, New Guinea and Borneo, pygmy forests and Machu Picchu, the Arctic and Antarctica, Cuba and Midway Island.


Eugene Linden

Comments [4]

barbara from CA

yes, a very interesting guest. i'm buying the book

Mar. 22 2011 10:17 PM
xheight from brooklyn

What a sad but interesting guest. Be it travel writers or anthropologists the role of one-world thinking and modernity homogenizing the culture of the planet seems to have been forgotten by the proponents of diversity. In many ways are notions of diversity are very superficial compared to these margins undergoing change.

Mar. 22 2011 01:33 PM

Why isn't Eugene Linden president?

Mar. 22 2011 01:28 PM
Calls'em... from Here, there & everywhere.

Eric Hanson covered part of this topic in a great book in the early 1980s: "Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo." I believe he encountered folks with LA Dodger caps & I love NY t-shirts in the middle of nowhere. He also captured that world before the Japanese cut down so much of that important rain forest for one-time use forms to pour concrete during their boom time. PS - off course many in America also object to the imposition of a national culture and sub-cultures on their local norms and way of life.

Mar. 22 2011 01:23 PM

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