Ned Randolph - MUDDY THINKING IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA - in conversation with Rebecca Snedeker

Come join us for a presentation and signing with New Orleans-based writer Ned Randolph featuring his new book book on environmental history and justice in south Louisiana: MUDDY THINKING IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA A Call for Reclamation. He will appear in conversation with Rebecca Snedeker, co-author of UNFATHOMABLE CITY: A New Orleans Atlas.

Muddy Thinking in the Mississippi River Delta uses the story of mud to answer a deceptively simple question: How can a place uniquely vulnerable to sea level rise be one of the nation's most promiscuous producers and consumers of fossil fuels? Organized around New Orleans and South Louisiana as a case study, this book examines how the unruly Mississippi River and its muddy delta shaped the people, culture, and governance of the region. It proposes a framework of "muddy thinking" to gum the wheels of extractive capitalism and pollution that have brought us to the precipice of planetary collapse. Muddy Thinking calls upon our dirty, shared histories to address urgent questions of mutual survival and care in a rapidly changing world.

Ned Randolph holds a PhD in Communication from the University of California, San Diego. He lives in New Orleans, where he is a Visiting Scholar at Tulane University, and consults and writes about environmental and social issues facing the Gulf South.

Rebecca Snedeker, author of UNFATHOMABLE CITY with Rebecca Solnit, is the James H. Clark Executive Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University.


Event date: 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Muddy Thinking in the Mississippi River Delta: A Call for Reclamation By Ned Randolph Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520397200
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of California Press - February 20th, 2024

"Ned Randolph weaves together history, geography, environmental philosophy, and narrative storytelling to offer insights that apply to distant geographies and varied cultural contexts. Amid the overwhelming effects of environmental catastrophe and collapse, it is grounding to read a book that is so carefully set in its place and time."—Christopher Schaberg, author of Searching for the Anthropocene: A Journey into the Environmental Humanities

"This is a stunning, well-written blend of cultural theory and empirical research. Randolph provides unparalleled insight into the Gulf Coast and the environmental crisis playing out there, in a region with some of the most destructive petrochemical industries in the country and the world."—Toby Miller, author of Greenwashing Culture

"This searing portrait of extractivism, riverine geoengineering, and environmental injustice illuminates how New Orleans became one of the world's most vulnerable and also resilient coastal cities. Randolph's embrace of muddy alternatives to the capitalist and technopolitical vectors of the Anthropocene exemplifies beautifully how Energy Humanities can stay with the troubles of these times."—Dominic Boyer, author of No More Fossils

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