There's a word for the grief and anger people feel when
their environment is ravaged -- solastalgia. It's what Gulf Coast residents
may be feeling right now, as they watch oil wash up onto their beaches.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the psychology of
our attachment to the places we love. Why we suffer when forests are cut
down, air is polluted, rivers and oceans fouled the link between
the environment and human happiness.
In 2004 Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht
coined the term "solastalgia." It was his way of describing
the combination of grief and longing people feel when a place they love
has been damaged. He tells Anne Strainchamps when he first began to
notice the phenomenon, about ten years ago. Indiana author Scott
Russell Sanders understands the feeling. He worries that most of
America is becoming the same. He tells Steve Paulson that the best way
to fight the homogenization of America is to reclaim its particularity.
Novella Carpenter was thrilled when she and
her boyfriend found an affordable apartment in the Bay Area, and even
more when she discovered it had a vacant lot next door. She immediately
began to imagine a garden, more like a farm, but the author of "Farm
City: the Education of an Urban Farmer" tells Jim Fleming that
there was a drawback to her urban farm dream the apartment was
in Oakland, then called "the murder capital of the world."
For writer Adam Nicolson, attachment to place
goes deep. He grew up in Sissinghurst Castle, one of the most beautiful
places in England, home to the celebrated garden of his grandmother,
the poet Vita Sackville-West. When he returned as an adult he was astonished
and saddened to see that the working farm at the garden had disappeared.
He tells the story in a book called "Sissinghurst - An Unfinished
History." He tells Anne Strainchamps it was a magical place to
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 10-06-27-A.
- Open: Pockets by
Biko, on the CD Solastalgia. (p) 2009 Biko
- Intro to Glenn Albrecht: from Dejan Cosics CD
Solastalgia -- free download on his site www.jukeen.com
- After Glenn Allbrecht: Hide and Seek,
by Time for Three on their CD 3 Fervent Travelers www.timeforthree.com
- After Scott Russell Sanders: Don Don by
Time for Three on their CD 3 Fervent Travelers www.timeforthree.com
- After Novella Carpenter: Rumor Mill by
The Gentle Guest, on the CD Cast Off Your Human Face. ©
2010 Amble Down Records www.ambledown.com
- Under Adam Nicolson reading: Of Time and Three
Rivers by Time for Three on their CD 3 Fervent Travelers
- After Adam Nicolson: Francois Couperin, Troisieme
Lecon de Tenebres a 2 voix, from the CD soundtrack for the film Tous
Les Matins du Monde (Auvidis Distribution)
- Show close: Marin Marais, La Brillante,
on the CD Marin Marais, Pieces De Viole du 3me Livre performed
by Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman and Hopkinson Smith. (Auvidis Distribution
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