Reading List: The Understory of the Understory

The Understory of the Understory was the fourth instalment in The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, an ongoing series of festivals exploring consciousness and intelligence across species. Here, the team behind the festival share the books that have been part of their research

Andrew Adamatzky, Slime Mould in Arts and Architecture
Nora Bateson, Small Arcs of Larger Circles, framing through other patterns
Octavia Butler, Wild Seed
Marisol de la Cadena, Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice across Andean Worlds
Anne Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Vilém Flusser, Natural:Mind
Macarena Gómez-Barris, The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives
Jack Halberstam, Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire
Tim Ingold, Correspondences
Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think
Daisy Lafarge, Life Without Air
Long Litt Woon, The Way Through the Woods: On Mushrooms and Mourning
Robert Macfarlane, Underland: A Deep Time Journey
Michael Marder, The Philosopher’s Plant
Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
Jeremy Narby, The Cosmic Serpent
Leah Penniman, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land
Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire
Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind
Elizabeth Povinelli, Geontologies
Richard Powers, The Overstory
Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds
Marisol de la Cadena & Mario Blaser, A World of Many Worlds
Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life
Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna and Ralph Abraham, Chaos, Creativity and Cosmic Consciousness
Vandana Shiva, Soil not Oil
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Heather Anne Swanson, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World, On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins
The Willowherb Review
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

Compiled by Lucia Pietroiusti, Filipa Ramos, Holly Shuttleworth and Kostas Stasinopoulos.

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