Writing about Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society (1971) for Issue 25 of STIR magazine.
A review of two books about the Anthropocene by Christian Schwägerl and Gaia Vince.
A review of two books that grew out of conversations among the friends and collaborators of Ivan Illich: Grassroots Postmodernism by Gustavo Esteva and Madhu Suri Prakash, and The Future of Development: A Radical Manifesto by Gustavo Esteva, Salvatore Babones and Philipp Babcicky.
As shadows lengthen over our whole way of living, we may once more be in need of the kind of storytelling that stalks truths so monstrous they turn our minds to stone if looked at straight on.
The radical thought of Ivan Illich speaks more clearly than ever to our times, I argue, in this review of a new selection of his essays.
From his rise to prominence in the late 1960s to the last conversations with David Cayley, published as The Rivers North of the Future, Ivan Illich sought to uncover the hidden assumptions on which modern industrial societies had been built.