Unbelievably universal. On or under every square foot of land, every square yard, every acre, and county, and state and region in the entire sweep of the United States. In every home and barn and apartment house and chicken coop, and in their timbers and foundations and furnishings. Beneath the ground, beneath the waters, on and in limbs and twigs and stalks, under rocks, inside trees and animals and other insects — and yes, inside man. To Alan Weisman, this nightmare scenario would be merely a promising start.
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The World Without Us
Ever since the computer and Internet offered alternatives to traditional sources of information, and e-readers began providing a new medium with which to enjoy books, there has been a growing debate over the role and function of the printed word in an increasingly digital world. Recently, an alteration in policy at the Cushing Academy , a Massachusetts prep-school, has caused an interesting chain reaction of critical articles that underscores the powerful tensions and anxieties caused by these developments. The Cushing Academy announced in September of that it was replacing its massive library with a modern learning center. The goal of the modernization was to provide students with a place that reflected the academic interests of a world that is going digital, with students now having access to countless online databases and millions of books.
And yet, there are presences that every literary text seems to require: the writer who describes these absences and the reader who acknowledges them. To imagine the word or the world without us as witnesses is an almost impossible exercise. In an idyllic Australian landscape, now polluted by the chemical emissions of a gas mining company, a family falls apart. Stefan, a Jewish immigrant from Germany, and former artist Evangeline, his wife, are the survivors of a commune called The Hive, founded by a psychotic leader in the aptly named Ghost Mountains of New South Wales and destroyed by an unexplained fire.