#034 Atwood: The Year of the Flood

An excerpt from Margaret Atwood’s (2009) The Year of the Flood, read by Stephanie Jo Kent.

Transcript:

“According to Adam One, the Fall of Man was multidimensional. The ancestral primates fell out of the trees; then they fell from vegetarianism into meat-eating. Then they fell from instinct into reason, and thus into technology; from simple signals into complex grammar, and thus into humanity; from firelessness into fire, and thence into weaponry; and from seasonal mating into an incessant sexual twitching. Then they fell from a joyous life in the moment into the anxious contemplation of the vanished past and the distant future.” (p. 188)

That’s the beginning of Chapter 36.

Recorded April 11, 2020

Location: Belchertown, MA

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