VIRTUAL: Eric Dean Wilson at the Hudson Library [8/2]
The Hudson Library will be hosting Eric Dean Wilson on August 2nd at 7pm. Wilson will be discussing his new book After Cooling.
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After Cooling tells the story of Freon, the refrigerant hailed as a miracle in the 1920’s but later blamed for the hole in the ozone layer and now banned in the United States, a feat that took nearly twenty years to accomplish. Wilson, at heart an essayist, looked far and wide to tease out what particular forces in American culture, in capitalism, in systemic racism, in our values, combined to lead us into the Freon crisis and then out. His book offers a glimpse of environmental hope, suggesting that maybe the vast problem of global warming is not beyond our grasp to face.
This dazzlingly original work of literary nonfiction interweaves the science and history of the powerful refrigerant (and dangerous greenhouse gas) Freon with a haunting meditation on how to live meaningfully and morally in a rapidly heating world.
In After Cooling, Eric Dean Wilson braids together air-conditioning history, climate science, road trips, and philosophy to tell t