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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2011, 05:09:00 AM »

Duncan, BRAVo and good work, sir.....is this publisher NEW SOCIETY, that very savvy and brave publisher in Canada? They do good stuff. BRAVo. I know a top editor there named Ingrid. Is this her book? Cool? how did you bring the book to them, of all places? DISH
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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2011, 07:00:29 PM »

Got it yesterday and couldn't put it down!  Duncan's signature is a nice touch.  GREAT coffee table/travel size.

It is VERY well organized and progressive giving structure and authority to the conversations/riffs that build upon a STURDY, ROCK HARD foundation for continued reading, study and discussions.  I'm about halfway through and would love to write a real book report rather than a few lines, when I finish reading.
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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2011, 07:52:20 PM »

Done!
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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2011, 02:01:52 AM »

Man I wanted to read this on my Kindle so badly too.
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« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2011, 04:52:32 AM »

Finished!

Thanks, Duncan and Jim.  It's a great read.
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« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2011, 02:32:14 AM »

Man I wanted to read this on my Kindle so badly too.

It'll be on Kindle soon. There's just a slight delay for some reason. I'll be sure to announce it when it's ready. And thanks all for your kind words. I will not police this board. So please feel free to post whatever you want about the book. Also, if any of you who've read the book feel inclined, please post a review on Amazon.com, GoodReads.com or LibraryThing.com (or all of them!) And hey, while you're at it, feel free to ask your local newspaper to review the book. Smiley

Links to those reviews and more are here:

http://kunstlercast.com/book/book-reviews
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« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2011, 08:54:08 AM »

Excellent, excellent.

I will be ordering my copy on Amazon, and will submit it to our Michigan Book Clubs.
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« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2011, 07:07:06 PM »

This is a pretty fun book review for The KunstlerCast that I just spotted online. It ran in the Sunday News in Lancaster PA (that's Amish Country).

Ready to despair? 'Doomer' exhorts us to 'grow up'

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/495003_Ready-to-despair---Doomer--exhorts-us-to--grow-up-.html
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« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2011, 10:01:13 PM »

Excellent.
People are creatures of their Zeitgeist, Kunstler explains to Crary. But this one's slated for demolition and he's ready to move on.

He hopes that happens without dipping into "political despotism and total looniness," adds Kunstler, who believes the nation could use a ration of honesty and bootstrap tugging.

During the urgent days of the Blitz in World War II England, Kunstler says, people understood that Prime Minister Winston Churchill could offer them only "blood, sweat and tears."

"He didn't get up and say, 'You're going to have more salad shooters and marshmallows and ranch dressing next month.' So again, we really need to stop being softheaded softies and harden up a little bit, and grow up a little bit."

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/495003_Ready-to-despair---Doomer--exhorts-us-to--grow-up-.html#ixzz1e62bOdT3

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Why, in a nutshell I like the guy.  Enjoying the read right now.
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« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2011, 10:02:21 PM »

I bought this from the Kindle storefront for $9.99 and was reading it about fourteen seconds later. It's a great distillation of some of the best moments over the years from the episodes. Of interest, it is currently #11 in Amazon's Urban Planning section.
There seems to have been a recent price drop down to $8.99.  If you haven't read this book yet, and can't wait for shipping or the paper price is too high, may I recommend the Kindle edition.  You can read this on any cellphone, any computer (Windows or Mac), any tablet, or of course a Kindle. Not to over-trumpet the cloud capabilities of reading this ebook "anywhere, anytime", but using your Amazon cloud account (whispersync), you can start reading this on your computer, walk away, read it on your cellphone and it will open right up to where you left off.  Open it again during a slow moment at work (using Amazons Cloud Reader in-browser app) and again you can pick right up where you left off, seamlessly and transparently.

Sadly, the "loan" option is not available otherwise I would offer to loan my copy out to someone. But really, at 9 bucks you really can't go wrong.

KunstlerCast book: #11 ranked in Urban Planning (as of 12/28).
http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/157558011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kinc_1_4_last
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« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2011, 01:55:43 AM »

...or you could buy the paper version, slip it into your pocket, read it on the bus, leave it cracked open next to your bed, leave in the can, finish it  (and leave it in the can for random reading by friends and other users of your can), lend it to a pal or give it as a gift, or slip it into the book case and pick it out a year or two (or ten) later and graze through it and go 'oh hell yeah now I remember!', or pick it out during a kitchen debate and read out a few of Jim's pithy remarks.
  Other possible uses include using it to hold up a couch, swatting a bug, standing on it to look over tall hedges (you will need several books to do this I think), donating it to your local library, or as a fan if it gets real hot and the A/C is on the fritz.

  If the A/C is, along with every other power sucking appliance, permanently quiet, it would be at least be useful for two things.  If not for the keeping the  spark of knowledge alight, sparking it will start and keep a fire lit, and if not for grasping and consuming knowledge, like fruit, from the tree of learning, fruitful to grasp instead of leaves when acknowledging ones consumption of more excretory substances.... Cheesy...like fruit.

 
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« Reply #26 on: February 13, 2012, 07:00:36 PM »

New review of the KC book in Energy Bulletin:

Review: The KunstlerCast by Duncan Crary
by Frank Kaminski



The KunstlerCast: Conversations with James Howard Kunstler
by Duncan Crary
300 pp. New Society Publishers – Nov. 2011. $16.95.

Outrageous, snarky, “madly engaging,” bileful—these are a few of the terms that have been used to describe author and social critic James Howard Kunstler.1 But he’s actually a great deal more than these things, as anyone who's really come to know him, even if only through his books and Internet postings, can tell you. His most personal writings reveal a human, vulnerable, wonderfully versatile, cheerful side that few people know exists.

At the same time, is there anything wrong with having a little fun with his contentious public persona? Journalist Duncan Crary, who’s come to know Kunstler quite well, doesn’t think so. His new book, The KunstlerCast, draws on four years' worth of weekly interviews with the author—in the course of an eponymous Internet talk show—and lumps them under the tagline "the tragic comedy of suburban sprawl.” And Kunstler himself seems to be onboard, describing his diatribes as having “sort of evolved into a comedy act.” So I say, why not?

This book is indeed great fun. Kunstler is a self-taught advocate of healthy urban environments and a vehement foe of suburbia, and he’s at his wittiest when critiquing the human habitat of our times. In one of my favorite KunstlerCast lines, he points out the absurdity of the purely decorative porches on so many suburban homes: “The porch doesn’t function, unless you’re a leprechaun and you’re eighteen inches high.” He also gives a hilarious description of the Seattle Central Library: “It’s a monstrous, hard-edged, glassy, steely heap...that looks like something that Keanu Reeves should step out of to inform the world that civilization as we know it is ending.” (Indeed, Kunstler would feel vindicated by a Seattle Post Intelligencer article headlined "Too many people getting lost in new downtown library.”2)

Crary and Kunstler are kindred spirits whose careers have followed similar paths...

For full review:

http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-02-12/review-kunstlercast-duncan-crary
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« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2012, 02:48:40 PM »

Another good review of the KC book. This one in OnEarth Magazine:

The Kunstlercast: Conversations with James Howard Kunstler
By Scott Dodd
February 22, 2012

...My fellow Gen X journalist Duncan Crary tells pretty much the same story of awakening slowly to the ills of suburbia, but with one difference: the small paper for which he covered local politics was in the town where Kunstler had started his own reporting career. Kunstler, who had settled in nearby Saratoga Springs, New York, and added dystopian novelist to his résumé, became a source for Crary's reporting on suburban land use -- a relationship that has continued throughout Crary's journalism career.


http://www.onearth.org/article/the-kunstlercast-conversations-with-james-howard-kunstler
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« Reply #28 on: October 23, 2013, 07:46:11 AM »

Yes, planning to buy from Amazon
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