This week, we spoke to environmentalist, activist, and climate-change journalist Bill McKibben of The Crucial Years—sharing what’s important and what’s not in the race against global warming, as well as his serialized novel, The Other Cheek. Bill is also a fervent reader, with a long list of publications he subscribes to. Here, he handpicks some of his current reads on Substack.
"Casual and fairly fast" writing is good . . . Got it. Because that's what I'm doing today. :) As with Orwell (and Bill McKibben, I rush to add) work done fast does depend for success on having a reserve of knowledge and experience behind it, if it's going to be worth reading. Appreciate Bill's recommends, and I especially applaud that not all of them are Blue Checks with thousands of subscribers. The great thing about Substack isn't that it gives yet another platform to the anointed, but that it helps non-celebs get past the gatekeepers.
Recommendations are by far the best feature on Substack, you guys rock!
I've been enjoying your work for years in the New Yorker, but I'm new to Substack, so I appreciate the recommendations.
And I'm a bit jealous of the view from your favorite reading spot -- I imagine that living in a halcyon glade would induce a great many naps for me as well.
Just discovered Bill – I feel like I've been living under a rock for the last 33 years. Which is strange-I usually pay attention to these kinds of topics...
Well done. 3 times this week I've come across the idea for a worldwide non-violence culture, A A Milne and another.
Not a fan. Your misdirected passion has done a lot of damage to the nation and the developing world. Fossil fuels are more environmentally sound than biofuels and pellets made from Vermont timber.
Thanks for this!