Reading The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing is like having a window into the mind of Akhilandeshvari (the Hindu Goddess also known as Never-Not-Broken). All potential comes from embracing the cataclysmic, transformative process of change, world building and interconnectedness that all living and non-living entities share.
She expands your mind to see not just with the blinders of linear progress unaware of greater patterns, but of seeing the entire four (five? Forty-two?) dimensional mandala of interconnectedness. She draws on madrigal and fugue music’s polyphonic aspect – autonomous melodies intertwined – to help the reader begin to perceive the greater joy and truth of complexity. She defines contamination as transformation through encounter.
Read it. Feel stupid for a while. And then feel expanded.