Going Green, Eco-Chicism and the Stain of Sustainability

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It's Earth Day here in New Jersey, which is like having a one-day moratorium on gambling in Vegas. Eco Chic is shaking up and shaking down the world with a post-nineteenth century Shaker furniture blowout frenzy. The coffers of the climate control complex are also filling quickly with government contracts.

I love my planet earth and, due to my own failed attempts at capitalism, try to practice a Buddhafied version of material minimalism with strict ownership abstinence. Because I don’t have any money this is self-righteously easy for me, ...

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Hey Detroit, Meet me in Havana

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Cancun, where I await a flight to Havana, is a gastronomic vaudeville for Margaritaville Americans bent on rogue acts of gluttony. They even tried to get me into a time-share condo, “NOW, before time runs out!” For which I told them:

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Wyoming Hookah, Sun Dancers, and Cowboy Jack

soderman-wyoming-hookah-circle The wind in Wyoming isn’t from earth. It rolls down the stratosphere and blasts past the aurora borealisphere from a frost pocket the size of Death Valley by the dark side of the moon. It sweeps out the prairies of the Medicine Bow Basin like a tsunami on its way to a dry hump, ghost dance in Gomorrah. It will force any grey-for-words cowboy to see pastel colors and turn a taciturn stand-alone frigidarian into a chattering poet.

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From Hispaniola – In Search of Dr. Paul Farmer

soderman-americanlandscaper2-conquistadorgrave-circle Before the Hollywood centrifuge of Facebook philanthropy stopped spinning and Sean Penn took the microphone from Anderson Cooper, I too gathered my lance and shield. Like a plate tectonic Don Quixote, I headed for Haiti. Flannery O’Connor was right. Everything that rises must converge. Whether it’s a geothermic slide that crushes people into concrete in a third world country or an explosion on a derrick that punches a hole in the earth at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, things come up from way down under.

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