The Anthropocene is the age of man to which writer John Green devoted his last book. In small articles, he describes several achievements that, in his opinion, are typical of the “human age”. Based on star-rated rating systems, Green rates each of these aspects.
Canada geese only get two stars because they breed as relentlessly as humans and live in foreign gardens, even if they are not to blame. Velociraptors Green is rated three stars. These find their way into the book, because most people think of Velociraptor as an image formed by the movie Jurassic Park. Contrary to this belief, archaeological finds show that they ate carrion and feathers, but were flightless dinosaurs that weighed less than 15 kilograms.
From a narrative point of view, John Green finds seemingly absurd parallels between Disney’s Hall of Presidents and “the two most important institutions in the Anthropocene,” nation-states and a limited liability company. What all three have in common is that they are an idea we believe in.
But Green also describes his own very serious personal experiences such as depression in his first non-fiction book, especially in the chapter on “My Friend Harvey.” In an article about the invention of the QWERTY keyboard, the author reveals, among other things, that he is very interested in humanity in systems that are created in collaboration. Not only at this point has he been able to convey interesting facts to readers without feeling like you’re holding a non-fiction book.