Staying with the Trouble

Making Kin in the Chthulucene
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it more aptly and fully describes our epoch as one in which the human and nonhuman are inextricably linked in tentacular practices. The Chthulucene, Haraway explains, requires sym-poiesis, or making-with, rather than auto-poiesis, or self-making.

Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth will prove more conducive to the kind of thinking that would provide the means to building more livable futures. Theoretically and methodologically driven by the signifier SF - string figures, science fact, science fiction, speculative feminism, speculative fabulation, so far - Staying with the Trouble further cements Haraway's reputation as one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time.

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Super Fascinating, so so narration...

I am going to get the PDF version of this book in order to look back at certain chapters because the density of information is high. I am somewhat familiar with the theories that underpin Harraway's thinking but felt like I needed to look up certain things through the story. She has a poetic way of coming up with redefinitions of modern concepts. Her proposition on the existential crisis of our century is to make kin and live and die well on a damaged planet. She highlights a few different contemporary projects in which humans and non humans find themselves entangled in SF worldings. I specifically like the one on pigeons and coral reefs. She repeats terms like 'String Figuring', 'Sympoiesis' and 'Compost' often, which sometimes seemed superfluous but in the end, now I realize, also serves to anchor these rephrased/redefines concepts or neologisms in a narrative. That's why after finishing, I feel like I can understand better what she was trying to say at the beginning of the book and I should re-read. However, this is the first time that I really had an issue with the narrator. I felt like it might as well have been read by a computer generated voice. At some point I turned up the speed which made the narration a bit more lively. Point is; I missed the emotion in the voice that was talking about things I feel a great deal about.

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so important

Hope AND responsibility!!! ♡ abundant in references for continued research! thank you Donna Haraway! ☆

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A comprehensive ontology

"It matters who eats whom, and how." An excellent metissage of story, science, and art.

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Haraway is still inimitable

Just like her "Cyborg Manifesto" (1985), this further elaboration of her philosophy is powerfully moving and difficult to forget. Haraway has a way with language and ideas that infect you as you read, and Laural Merlington's narration does justice to them.

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mindblowing, loving and nuanced. <br />

haraways imagination is sublime and her thought parternes outragious. any one who is sick of the antropocene as a hollow term, lyst read this!

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  • 12-23-19

Challenging and fascinating

Haraway presents a thesis to disrupt human-as-the-centre-of-the-world. She brings ideas from biological sciences and challenges readers to look again, anew, at the world and the lens through which we believe we can see the world.

Early chapters repeat ideas and sections of prose in ways that are sometimes distracting. The pace and form, like the rhizome structures described, shoot off in unexpected directions with boundaries only emerging when several threads intersect.

I recommend reading the last chapter first, to frame the rest of the book.

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  • Jan Wyllie
  • 11-29-19

The new zeitgeist

Great work. Self dissolves into the compost sf. Real thinking which think we must.