Eric Dean Wilson with Mark Harris
Timely in a way that may challenge more than comfort, Eric Dean Wilson’s compelling first book looks at the costs of keeping ourselves cool, and the heating that alone engenders in After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort (Simon & Schuster). He appears in conversation with editor and journalist Mike Harris.
“As entertaining as it is edifying. You'll learn what put a ‘hole’ in the ozone layer, how the Rivoli movie theatre in New York inaugurated our present ice age, who in this country is still hoarding Freon, how air conditioning is exacerbating heat waves – and lots of other ecological horrors. This is a brilliantly researched book.”— Edmund White.
“After Cooling is a deeply discomforting book – and that's the point. Eric Dean Wilson's message, which could not be more timely, is that we need to rethink how we live and what we want.”— Elizabeth Kolbert.
“Meticulously researched and engagingly written, After Cooling is essential reading for the planetary crisis.”— Amitav Ghosh.
Eric Dean 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, CUNY, where his work focuses on American studies, environmental humanities, and the Black radical tradition. He currently teaches writing at Queens College. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, he now lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Mark Harris is the author of Mike Nichols: a Life, Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, which was a New York Times notable book of the year, and Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War. He is currently a writer for New York, where he often covers the intersection of culture and politics. He lives in New York City with his husband, Tony Kushner.