I’ve just finished reading Rising by Elizabeth Rush. It is a stunning, somewhat grim, and very compassionate report and examination of the state of coastal American communities and connected ecosystems which are already seeing the worst of the effects of sea rise. I consider myself already quite awake to the impacts climate change is having on our planet and our people, but this book made me realise that I am still so sheltered. A very eye-opening book.
Harry Potter was absolutely formative. I think its style and tenor still sing to my imagination and the empathetic way J.K Rowling connects her characters has probably carried through in my own approach to people. At the bottom of it all, quite simply, it was magical as all hell, and it showed me that reading could be at once electrifying, entertaining, and ennobling.