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The Tarball Chronicles | by David Gessner

The Tarball Chronicles | by David Gessner

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Beyond the oil-soaked pelican, beyond the burning oil rig, beyond mainstream coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there lies a deeper story. At the height of this record-setting catastrophe, David Gessner—environmental advocate, provocateur, and author of My Green Manifesto—went to the Gulf in search of that story, and what he found was heartbreaking: the region’s once thriving ecosystem had been devastated, but the cause was much larger and more complex than one isolated accident.

Part absurdist travelogue, part manifesto, The Tarball Chronicles is more than anything a love letter to the Gulf. As he meets oceanographers, activists, and subsistence fishermen, Gessner falls hard for a culture and ecosystem on the brink of extinction. Over the course of his travels, two simple questions emerge: How long will we mortgage our future for a present of convenience and speed? And, how terrible would life really be if we never took such a dire risk again? Published to coincide with the proclaimed “end” of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill—September 19—this book shows us how the fallout from wagers like these lasts forever.
Beyond the oil-soaked pelican, beyond the burning oil rig, beyond mainstream coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there lies a deeper story. At the height of this record-setting catastrophe, David Gessner—environmental advocate, provocateur, and author of My Green Manifesto—went to the Gulf in search of that story, and what he found was heartbreaking: the region’s once thriving ecosystem had been devastated, but the cause was much larger and more complex than one isolated accident.

Part absurdist travelogue, part manifesto, The Tarball Chronicles is more than anything a love letter to the Gulf. As he meets oceanographers, activists, and subsistence fishermen, Gessner falls hard for a culture and ecosystem on the brink of extinction. Over the course of his travels, two simple questions emerge: How long will we mortgage our future for a present of convenience and speed? And, how terrible would life really be if we never took such a dire risk again? Published to coincide with the proclaimed “end” of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill—September 19—this book shows us how the fallout from wagers like these lasts forever.

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Some names in this book have been changed to protectthe proessional status o those reerred to or quoted.© 2011, ext by David GessnerAll rights reserved. Except or brie quotations in critical articlesor reviews, no part o this book may be reproduced in any mannerwithout prior written permission rom the publisher:Milkweed Editions, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Suite 300Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415.(800) 520-6455www.milkweed.orgPublished 2011 by Milkweed EditionsPrinted in the United States o AmericaCover design and art by onky DesignsInterior design by Connie KuhnzTe text o this book is set in Minion Pro.11 12 13 14 15 5 4 3 2 1
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Please turn to the back o this book or a list o the sustainingunders o Milkweed Editions.Library o Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Gessner, David, 1961–Te tarball chronicles : a journey beyond the oiled pelican and intothe heart o the gul oil spill / David Gessner.p. cm.ISBN 978-1-57131-333-1 (alk. paper)1. BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010. 2. Oilspills—Environmental aspects—Mexico, Gul o. 3. Oil wells—Mexico, Gul o—Blowouts. 4. Oil pollution o the sea—Mexico,Gul o. 5. Mexico, Gul o--Environmental conditions. I. itle.D427.P4G47 2011363.738'20916364—dc232011024701
Tis book is printed on acid-ree paper.

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