[Reading] ➸ Dispatches from Dystopia Author Kate Brown – Shiningweb.info

Dispatches from Dystopia Why Are Kazakhstan And Montana The Same Place Asks One Chapter Of Kate Brown S Surprising And Unusual Journey Into The Histories Of Places On The Margins, Overlooked Or Erased It Turns Out That A Ruined Mining Town In Kazakhstan And Butte, Montana America S Largest Environmental Superfund Site Have Much In Common Than One Would Think Thanks To Similarities In Climate, Hucksterism, And The Perseverance Of Their Few Hardy Inhabitants Taking Readers To These And Other Unlikely Locales, Dispatches From Dystopia Delves Into The Very Human And Sometimes Very Fraught Ways We Come To Understand A Particular Place, Its People, And Its History In Dispatches From Dystopia, Brown Wanders The Chernobyl Zone Of Alienation, First On The Internet And Then In Person, To Figure Out Which Version The Real Or The Virtual Is The Actual Forgery She Also Takes Us To The Basement Of A Hotel In Seattle To Examine The Personal Possessions Left In Storage By Japanese Americans On Their Way To Internment Camps In 1942 In Uman, Ukraine, We Hide With Brown In A Tree In Order To Witness The Annual Male Only Rosh Hashanah Celebration Of Hasidic Jews In The Russian Southern Urals, She Speaks With The Citizens Of The Small City Of Kyshtym, Where Invisible Radioactive Pollutants Have Mysteriously Blighted Lives Finally, Brown Returns Home To Elgin, Illinois, In The Midwestern Industrial Rust Belt To Investigate The Rise Of Rustalgia And The Ways Her Formative Experiences Have Inspired Her Obsession With Modernist Wastelands Dispatches From Dystopia Powerfully And Movingly Narrates The Histories Of Locales That Have Been Silenced, Broken, Or Contaminated In Telling These Previously Unknown Stories, Brown Examines The Making And Unmaking Of Place, And The Lives Of The People Who Remain In The Fragile Landscapes That Are Left Behind.


10 thoughts on “Dispatches from Dystopia

  1. says:

    Places that haveof a past than a future deserve compassionate, sensitive biographers In Kate Brown a few of these places have found a midwife who seeks to spark a project of rebirth for them She pok


  2. says:

    Kate Brown is a friend That said An amazing book About the act of writing, questioning objectivity, questioning assumptions about archives Finding in her research and questions self, place and a host of other


  3. says:

    An utterly engrossing contemporary history of forgotten and destroyed places.


  4. says:

    A really good book from historian Kate Brown that looks at how space and place can be historicized The premise of this book is that traveling can be a form of negotiation, an unraveling of certainties and convictions and a reass


  5. says:

    The myths of the Chernobyl zone, things left behind in the Panama Hotel in Seattle, the odd similarities between Billings, Montana and a prison camp town in Kazakhstan Brown draws meaning from the landscapes of modernity in ruins, traveli


  6. says:

    Parts of this were utterly fascinating Partly because I had read other books by this author, some of this seemed like background repeat material Read the grid city parts, the elgin parts, the no bomb in Detroit parts R...


  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book, felt challenged and intrigued by it It was one of the books that I never would have come across without my listmaking and I m glad it showed up whereever it did The Panama Hotel essay, about the hotel where many Japanese stored it


  8. says:

    This was a muchinteresting concept than it was a final product I really enjoyed the journey Brown took us on and her prose was generally really lovely and interesting But I would have liked to see I don t knowI just felt such an amazing concept fell a little flat Perh


  9. says:

    I just finished reading, Cover, by Mendelsund This book s cover definitely reflects the contents and not in a good way On the cover, there is a little map of Buffalo, Cleveland, Aliquippa and Akron I am wondering why this drawing because several of the locations are not even me


  10. says:

    Stories of downtrodden places, some better known Chernobyl, Japanese internment camps in the northwest, the American Rust Belt and some less so numerous faded industrial cities in Kazakhstan and Ukraine Billings, MT of all places , interwoven with meditations on the historian s role in r


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