Hey everyone, I haven’t written about Covid issues much for several months. Partly, like a lot of people, because I so much wanted to be done with it; partly because the span of my interests goes way beyond public health.
Nonetheless, I intend to return my attention to it again in one or two essays. Why? Because we as a society seem to have moved past Covid without fully absorbing its lessons. As some of the polarized intensity has dissipated over the past few months, there is now an opening for deeper consideration of underlying issues. I would like to revisit what I wrote about in 2020 and 2021 from the perspective of today. I’m curious, readers, what you would particularly like me to address?
I would also like to share some of my excitement for the launch of my book, The Coronation. I’ve described it here before. Here is what some of the early readers have said about it. I hope it doesn’t feel like boasting to share these. It feels that way a little to me, but honestly, I do think the book can have an important impact and I want to circulate it widely.
Charles Eisenstein has taken on the hardest task in the world—writing an intelligent, compassionate, and uncompromising book on the Covid-19 pandemic, without falling into either partisan hysteria or a shameless defense of power. This is a necessary and brave read.
—Paul Kingsnorth, novelist; founder, Dark Mountain Project
There are moments in our history in which the art of the written word captures the extraordinary beauty of the human condition as it hangs suspended in tenuous polarity at a tipping point of evolution. The Coronation is one of these moments. In between these words that are as prophetic as they are poetic is the space of our collective metamorphosis. Tread lightly and dive deep here to find your own sovereign beauty.
—Zach Bush, MD
We’ve been visited by this wild ferocious goddess [called Covid], and few can do as well as Charles does in tracing out an ethnography of her passing.
—Bayo Akomolafe, PhD, author of These Wilds Beyond Our Fences
Charles Eisenstein is one of the most original writers working today, and his essays on the social and spiritual impact of the pandemic event are among his best work. The Coronation is essential reading for anyone concerned about the damage that has been done to our societies and how we might recover and collectively go forward from here.
—C. J. Hopkins, award-winning playwright, novelist, and political satirist
Charles Eisenstein is one of those courageous dissidents who also holds the faith that people can return to love after a hiatus of hate. As we go deeper into this new era of permacrisis, Charles’s writings will become ever more pertinent.
—Professor Jem Bendell, professor of sustainability leadership; founder, Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS), University of Cumbria (UK)
Charles Eisenstein is one of the few voices worldwide who have the capacity to be critical and gentle at the same time. His work is brilliant, crystal clear at the logical level, evocative and eloquent at the stylistic level. Charles went down the road of rationality to the very end, and at the end of it, he entered a world of mystical and spiritual knowledge and beauty. Charles’s discourse contains the seeds of a new way of living together and of a true solution for the series of crises our culture is going through at this very moment.
—Mattias Desmet, author of The Psychology of Totalitarianism
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