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Got the post-holiday blues? The doctor is in …

Just when you think the consumer culture of the United States in all its pornographic proportions has us all down and out thanks to the “buy now” holiday mentality, the good doctor offers some sage advice on how to find your way in this wacky world. I’m speaking of Dr. Bruce E. Levine, the author of Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy. Bruce capped off 2007 with a remarkable Book Salon with our friends over at Firedoglake, and the host of the salon—nyceve of Daily Kos dairy fame—also put up a spectacular plug for the book on her own diary in hopes of getting people to read and discuss Bruce’s important book. Her diary is now up to 280-plus comments, while the Book Salon went into overtime and sported more than 200 comments.

Here’s one of Eve’s riffs on Bruce’s book in her intro:

I’m convinced that shopping/spending/buying is a means of dulling the intense psychic distress of being an American citizen in 2007 — nearly 2008. Let’s be straight, as Dr. Levine suggests, it’s not easy living in George Bush’s America.

I’m not a scholar of depression. Thankfully, I’ve never had to grapple with it, though I am very close to several people who struggle with depression every day. And I can tell you from watching them, it’s a daily battle. What fascinates me about Dr. Levine’s book is that it approaches the American epidemic of depression from an entirely new perspective.

Thanks Eve, and great work Bruce! This is an important book for anyone who has been labeled by society, or finds themselves struggling with how to cope in today’s society.


Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More

Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

Uncertainty got you down? The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community. […] Read More

Chelsea Green on Instagram: Our Most Popular Photos of 2016

What a year for Chelsea Green on Instagram! We began the year with 500 followers and are now fast approaching 4,000 photo-loving brewers, gardeners, cheesemakers, permaculturists, foodies, seed-savers, homesteaders, foragers, and more. Our most popular posts of 2016 say a lot about what makes you happy: mushrooms, innovative garden designs and techniques, tiny cabins, and […] Read More

Slack and Taut: Defining a System’s Resilience

A resilient future (or a resilient present, for that matter) needs to be slack, not taut. What do we mean? Core to the concept of a Lean Economy is understanding the need to move toward a “slack” market rather than one that is “taut.” When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left […] Read More

What’s a Carbon Sink?

World leaders met in Marrakech this month as part of COP22, to discuss the next steps to reducing global climate emissions. One of the solutions being discussed is carbon farming. Author Eric Toensmeier participated in COP22, in part, because he literally wrote a book on it. First off – what is carbon farming? It’s a […] Read More
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