In this episode, graphic journalist and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Lauren Redniss, author of Thunder and Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future, talks with Associate Editor Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky about drawing with words and writing with images. Redniss argues that the national conversation about weather and climate has moved beyond scientific data to impact human experience: “People are noticing patterns in their own daily lives. People have their own data sets. They don’t even need a panel of scientists convening to tell them that climate change is happening. People are noticing that this pond is now dried up, the winters feel different than they did. So people have their own information that they’re gathering.” Her award-winning book narrates our daily fascination with the weather, along with the way that climate change has transformed that experience into a drama of global survival.
Lauren Redniss is the author of three works of visual nonfiction. Her most recent book, Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future, won the 2016 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Her previous book, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award. She is also the author of Century Girl: 100 years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies. Her writing and drawing has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, which nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize. She has been a Guggenheim fellow, a fellow the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers, and Artist-in-Residence at the American Museum of Natural History. She teaches at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky is Associate Editor of the Kenyon Review and NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at Kenyon College. He was guest editor of the Fall 2016 special issue of KR entitled “The Poetics of Science.”