DERRICK JENSEN, activist, small farmer, teacher, and philosopher,
is the author of A Language Older Than Words and The Culture of
Make Believe (a finalist for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize)
among other titles. Jensen’s writing has been described
as “breaking and mending the reader’s heart”
(Publishers Weekly). He writes for The New York Times Magazine,
Audubon, and The Sun Magazine, among many others. Jensen’s
speaking engagements in recent years have packed university auditoriums,
conferences, and bookstores across the nation.
Derrick's email is email@example.com.
Visit Derrick's main website at DerrickJensen.org.
A typical Jensen event is multidimensional and feels a bit like
traveling beneath the earth among tree roots, as they twist their
way into soil, rock, river beds and accompany fish, insects, discarded
tires, cellophane wrappers, animal minds, history, and human instinct
on strange and interlocking journey.
Speaking in an almost improvisational style, Jensen explores
the nature of injustice, of what civilizations do to the natural
world and how, in the face of the resulting horror that is one
of the all too apparent consequences of grave injustice, civilized
human beings create intricate systems of denial, silence, abnegation,
deception and self-hatred to keep it at bay.
He also reaches back to our collective childhoods, to the reality
of magic in life, to discuss how nature has spoken to us and to
how we must remember all the conversations we’ve had with
her and renew them. It’s his antidote to cynicism and apocalypse.
That there is a language much older than the lying language we
use daily, without being aware, to dispel the horrors of modern
living and dying.
If there is a connection between Tiger Woods, newspaper journalism,
the bad moods of trees, child abuse, amnesia, school, language,
and salmon, Jensen finds those connections in a most personal
way and exploits them so that the listener can actually experience
the intricacies of Jensen’s point of view.
It is indeed a heart rending, mind expanding, and ultimately
healing exercise to explore Jensen’s root system, with him
not so much as a guide, but an experienced fellow traveler.