By Thomas Neuburger
A while ago I promised to start a new set of posts commenting on and glossing the recent book by David Graeber and David Wengrow, The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity:
I’ve been slowly reading my way through Graeber and Wengrow’s The Dawn of Everything, and it has radically changed my view of prehistoric humans — who they were, how they lived, and more importantly, how they thought.
Why does this matter? Because, simply put, we’re going back there. The next anthropological era will be the New Old Stone Age. And for the first time since I started writing about climate, I see this “devolution” not as a loss, but simply as a return to ways of life — yes, ways — our present thinking blocks imagining.
That series started with this piece. Future pieces in the series will appear here at DWT as well, and all of them, wherever published, can be found at my Substack site, God's Spies. Just look for the pulldown item labeled 'The Dawn of Everything'.
For those who are interested, I may start publishing fiction on Substack as well. Serialized Substack fiction is becoming a “thing” on Substack. Whether it's becoming a good thing for most writers is another story, but I may give it a shot.
If you'd like to read a serialized climate-themed political novel on Substack, let me know in the comments. I'm very interested in your thoughts.