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James Howard Kunstler (born 1948) is an American author, social critic, and blogger who is perhaps best known for his book The Geography of Nowhere, a history of suburbia and urban development in the United States. In his most recent book The Long Emergency (2005), he argues that declining oil production will result in the end of industrialized society and force Americans to live in localized, agrarian communities. In the late 1990s, he had argued that the Y2K event would result in similar consequences. [1] 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... A cultural critic is a critic of a given culture, usually as a whole and typically on a radical basis; a social critic of a given society, but the overlap is large. ... Blogger can refer to at least two things: Blogger, one who maintains a blog Blogger. ... The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of Americas man-Made Landscape is a book written in 1993 by James Howard Kunstler exploring the effects of urban sprawl, civil planning and the automobile on American society. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Suburb. ... The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century is a book by James Howard Kunstler exploring the consequnces of a world oil production peak, coinciding with the forces of climate change, resurgent diseases, water scarcity, global economic instability and warfare to cause chaos for future generations. ... See also 1990s, the band Seinfeld was a pop cultural phenomenon during the 90s and became one of the most popular TV programs ever. ... The year 2000 problem (also known as the Y2K problem and the millennium bug) was a flaw in computer program design that caused some date-related processing to operate incorrectly for dates and times on and after January 1, 2000. ...


Kunstler was born in New York City. Spending summers at a boys camp in New Hampshire, Kunstler became acquainted with the small town ethos that would later permeate many of his works. In 1966 he graduated from New York City's High School of Music & Art (now Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts), and then attended the State University of New York at Brockport. Flag Seal Nickname: Big Apple Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,214. ... Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts The Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts is located near the Juilliard School in the Lincoln Center district of Manhattan, on Amsterdam Avenue between 65th Street and 64th Street. ... The State University of New York at Brockport, also known as SUNY Brockport, Brockport State University or the State University of New York College at Brockport, is a four-year liberal arts college located in Brockport, Monroe County, New York, near Rochester. ...


After college Kunstler worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone. In 1975, he began writing books and lecturing full-time. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York and was formerly married to the children's author Jennifer Armstrong. // History John Lennon - RS 1 (November 9, 1967)How I Won the War Film Still Founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner (who is still editor and publisher) and music critic Ralph J. Gleason, Rolling Stone was initially identified with and reported on the hippie counterculture of the... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Saratoga Springs is a city in Saratoga County, New York, USA. The population was 26,186 at the 2000 census. ... Childrens author. ...


Writing

Kunstler has been an outspoken critic of suburbia and urban development trends throughout the United States, and has been a leading proponent of the New Urbanism movement. He has summed up his attitude towards the current American landscape by describing it as follows: New urbanism is an urban design movement that became very popular beginning in the 1980s and early 1990s. ...

The tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work [is]...a land full of places that are not worth caring about [and] will soon be a nation and a way of life that is not worth defending.

He has also written that:

...[the] physical arrangement of life in our nation, in particular suburban sprawl, [is] the most destructive development pattern the world has ever seen, and perhaps the greatest misallocation of resources the world has ever known.

More recently, he has written about the effects that he predicts the coming oil peak will have on society in his 2005 book The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes. He appears in the documentary film The End of Suburbia (2004). The Hubbert peak theory, also known as peak oil, is an influential theory concerning the long-term rate of conventional oil (and other fossil fuel) extraction and depletion. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream is a 2004 documentary film concerning peak oil and its implications on the suburban lifestyle. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In addition to his other books on urban planning, Home From Nowhere, and The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Kunstler has also written several works of fiction, the most recent being Maggie Darling: A Modern Romance in 2004. The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Reactions to Kunstler

The Geography of Nowhere and Home from Nowhere are commonly cited by graduate students in planning as inspirational texts. While many find Kunstler's speeches and writings to be compelling due to his skilled use of narrative, his rhetorical style is notoriously short on subtlety, and is often profane. In interviews and on his blog, Kunstler has defended his choice of language, arguing that the gravity of the problems he addresses requires strong language to shock listeners and readers into awareness. He has also accused academics and others of allowing political correctness to overwhelm honest expression. In non-technical terms, no matter what the context (whether scientific, philosophical, legal, etc) a narrative is a story, an interpretation of some aspect of the world that is historically and culturally grounded and shaped by human personality (per Walter Fisher). ... Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ...


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James Howard Kunstler (born 1948) is an American author, social critic, and blogger who is perhaps best known for his book The Geography of Nowhere, a history of suburbia and urban development in the United States.
Kunstler has been an outspoken critic of suburbia and urban development trends throughout the United States, and has been a leading proponent of the New Urbanism movement.
While many find Kunstler's speeches and writings to be compelling due to his skilled use of narrative, his rhetorical style is notoriously short on subtlety, and is often profane.
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