Nerves and Their Endings

Essays on Crisis and Response

English language

Published Dec. 12, 2022 by Scribe Publications.

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5 stars (1 review)

A timely and arresting collection of essays about the body, climate change, privilege, and environmental neurosis.

In this urgent collection that moves from the personal to the political and back again, writer, activist, and migrant Jessica Gaitán Johannesson explores how we respond to crises.

She draws parallels between an eating disorder and environmental neurosis, examines the perils of an activist movement built on non-parenthood, dissects the privilege of how we talk about hope, and more.

The synapses that spark between these essays connect essential narratives of response and responsibility, community and choice, belonging and bodies. They carry vital signals.

2 editions

Full of thoughts that stayed with me for the weeks that followed

5 stars

I started writing book notes on my blog about the book but ended up writing anything but an actual review. This being a collection of essays centred around climate collapse, one of the themes in my post was that over the years I had a sliver of an idea lodged in my brain. Usually not something that made me stop in my tracks and reconsider a bunch of things immediately, but rather a little nagging thought that came back over the weeks that followed. Until ultimately I changed my behaviour to align it better with my values and the impact I want to have on this world.

I am sure this book has managed to do exactly that. Some of it will result in me examining another way in which my behaviour has a negative impact, hopefully leading to a change in my behaviour at some point down the line.