Derrick Jensen is the author of many books which are both wonderful and, at times, difficult to process due to the heavy and unapologetic dose of reality he places at the forefront of all his work.
When I was about 25, a friend suggested I read one of those works: A Language Older Than Words. The book really moved me and ending up leading me to quit my job and escape from city life, temporarily, to a small, rural island. While small town life wasn’t all I had imagined it to be, I do count Derrick’s work as being among some of that which has had a significant impact on my life so far.
Derrick is the author of a number of other works, including: A Culture of Make Believe and Endgame, a book that inspired the production of a documentary called END: CIV. The film examines, similar to that which the book does, “our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations.”
I’ve long wanted to find an opportunity to interview Derrick and was grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with him this past week.
You can listen to that interview here:
For more on Derrick Jensen’s work, find him online at: derrickjensen.org