On Monday, August 2 at 7 p.m. the Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with Eric Dean Wilson, author of After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort. In his book, Wilson interweaves the science and history of the powerful refrigerant (and dangerous greenhouse gas) Freon with a haunting meditation on how to live meaningfully and morally in a rapidly heating world.
After Cooling tells the story of Freon, the refrigerant hailed as a miracle in the 1920’s but later blamed for the hole in the ozone layer and now banned in the United States, a feat that took nearly twenty years to accomplish. Wilson, at heart an essayist, looked far and wide to tease out what particular forces in American culture, in capitalism, in systemic racism, in our values, combined to lead us into the Freon crisis and then out. His book offers a glimpse of environmental hope, suggesting that maybe the vast problem of global warming is not beyond our grasp to face.
Wilson’s essays, poems, and criticism have appeared in the?Los Angeles Review of Books?and?Tin House, among other publications. A graduate of The New School’s creative writing MFA program. Wilson is pursuing a PhD in the English Program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. And currently teaches writing at Queens College.
Copies of After Cooling will be available for purchase courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Registration for this program is required and a valid email address is required at time of registration. Participants will receive an email invitation to attend the program, hosted on Zoom, a day before the program begins.
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