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