27 May 2020
Today I speak with author and activist Jonathan Safran Foer about the current pandemic, how he is coping and an inconvenient problem that dwarfs the impact of Covid. The big C – Climate.
Jonathan is the author of three award-winning and internationally best-selling novels. He won The Guardian Book Prize for his debut novel, was included in Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists” issue as well as The New Yorker’s“20 under 40” list of the best young writers in the US; and his books are published in over 30 languages
And I know what you’re thinking. Yes it’s important. Yes I know I should be doing more. And no I’m not doing enough. It’s too hard.
In today’s espisode we talk about:
Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, We Are The Weather, is out now, definitely do go and check it out. Along with another one of Jonathan’s books - Eating Animals, it’s certainly one of my must reads for anybody interested in nutrition and how food choices impact the environment.
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"96% of voters have said that they think animals deserve legal protection from cruelty. If you can think of anything else in the world that 96% of Americans agree on, I would love to hear about it. Nobody wants pandemics, everybody wants to be safe from these pandemics - theyre horrible. We know how to make ourselves safer. So the challenge is actually not learning more, and its not the need to become better people, in the sense of what we believe and want, and the level of values. Its just how to translate that into the lives that we actually live".
Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of three award-winning and internationally best-selling novels: Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (both Houghton Mifflin) and Here I Am (FSG) as well as two works of nonfiction: Eating Animals and The New American Haggadah (both Little Brown). He won The Guardian Book Prize for his debut novel, was included in Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists” issue as well as The New Yorker’s“20 under 40” list of the best young writers in the US; and his books are published in over 30 languages. Here I Am was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award for 2018. His most recent book, We Are The Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast was published by FSG in September 2019. Picture Credit: Jeff Mermelstein
Books: We Are The Weather