Sheltering: Lydia Millet is Done With Denial
The Author of A Children's Bible Talks to Maris Kreizman
On this episode of Sheltering, Maris Kreizman speaks with Lydia Millet about her new novel, A Children’s Bible. Millet discusses the deserved rage that young people have about our planet and climate, the difficulty in writing about climate change in fiction, and that elusive concept, hope. Please buy A Children’s Bible from your favorite local bookstore, or through Bookshop!
From the episode:
Lydia Millet: I’ve felt angry for a long time at our refusal to feel fear and act accordingly. It’s quite obvious that finally younger people are starting to feel the rage that our generation failed to feel when it could have been critically helpful. So it felt natural to write about young people angry at their parents.
I think there is a sense in which we have abdicated responsibility in actually being parents, in seeing ourselves as ancestors, and protecting our children in ways that are less immediate but equally as important. We have neglected their future well-being.