Timothy Morton


On his book The Ecological Thought

Cover Interview of April 29, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“To survive, we must do things based not on concepts of self.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The concept “nature” has had its day and no longer serves us well.  The main reason is that nature is a kind of backdrop—and we are living in a world where the backdrop has dissolved: it’s all in the foreground now.”

On the second:

“It’s the Romantics’ love of irony that I see as most helpful for the ecological thought, not their supposed fondness for big mountains.  Remember, if we’re all intimate with all other life forms, there’s a lot of strangeness there.  Think about your long-term partner if you have one. When you wake up next to him or her, doesn’t s/he seem like the strangest person in the world?”