What the Moomins Can Tell Us About Fighting Climate Despair

On November 29, 2019, I published the following piece for The Week. I honestly didn’t expect editor Jessica Hullinger to choose this topic out of the several pitches I sent her, because Moomins are a bit obscure in the US. But I am very happy that she saw the appeal in this alternative reading of the first two books about the Moomins that Tove Jansson ever wrote. Enjoy!

What the Moomins Can Tell Us About Fighting Climate Despair.

What the Moomins Can Tell Us about Fighting Climate Despair | The Week.com | The Boomerang

Climate change is real, no matter what some would have us believe. In this past summer’s heat wave over Europe, the Arctic region of Scandinavia experienced temperatures up to 101 degrees, while the ice cap of Greenland is melting at the rate projected for the year 2070. Meanwhile, Australia is experiencing yet another year of unprecedented drought, at the same time as the American Midwest has been fighting against the overflowing Mississippi River after too much rain. It is becoming increasingly clear that climate change is not a problem we will need to deal with sometime in the future. It is happening now.

Grappling with the magnitude of climate change causes what is known as climate despair, which is the overwhelming sense that…

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Book Riot: Happy Birthday, Tove Jansson

On August 9, 2014, I published the following post on Book Riot:

Happy Birthday, Tove Jansson

Today, August 9, 2014, marks the one hundredth birthday of Tove Jansson (1914–2001), known to the world as the author of the children’s books about Moomin.

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The first Moomin-book, The Moomins and the Great Flood, was published in 1945, shortly followed by Comet in Moominland. But it was Finn Family Moomintroll, published in 1948, that made Tove Jansson known internationally as it was the first of her books to be translated into English. The book became a bestseller and even attracted the attention of Walt Disney, who… To read the rest of the piece, please click here.