Next month, Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us will be released by Octopus Books. According to the publisher:
PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history – from primate to transhuman – Vybarr Cregan-Reid’s book investigates where we came from, who we are today and how modern technology will change us beyond recognition.
The author is Vybarr Cregan-Reid, a Reader in English and Environmental Humanities in the School of English at the University of Kent. He’s a friend who I’ve gotten to know over the last couple of years through a collaborative research project I am doing at Kōgakkan University called “Communities and Sacred Spaces” (kyōdōtai to seiiki 共同体と聖域). I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with him about the book a few weeks before its publication, and I think the content sounds fascinating. If you’ve read his previous work (Footnotes: How Running Makes us Human (2016) and Discovering Gilgamesh: Geology, Narrative and the Historical Sublime in Victorian Culture (2013)), you’ll know that he combines literature, history, and environmental perspectives in unique and thought-provoking ways.