Amitav Ghosh TWEETED on July 15 during a public roundable sponsored by his publisher in India, PeguinIndia, which had just published his new essay book about climate change and why humans are not doing much to stop, a book he has titled "The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable" which is really an important and brilliant analysis, except for a few minor omissions and slip-ups. See Nitin Sethi's savvy analysis of the book here:
During the PenguinIndia Tweet event hosted by Dr Ghosh, onlookers were invited to send in questions to the three experts on the panel, Dr Ghosh in India and Adam Sobel and Deepti Singh in Manhattan. It was a spirited and fascinating 90 minutes Twitter discussion, with only a few sour notes.
Professor Adam Sobel at Columbia, one of the three experts at the event, stood up to Dr Ghosh and spoke up tweeting a comment in reply to Ghosh's negative quip that
[''I think 'climate-attentive fiction' won't be taken seriously while it's a hyphenated genre.'']
Adam Sobel tweeted: ''Maybe so, but I still am excited about how much of it [cli-fi] is coming out now [in the US and UK].''
After I asked Ghosh in a subseqent tweet to him what he had against literary terms that contained a hyphen, such as sci-fi [or cli-fi], he answered like a Brooklyn comedian: ''And what after that? cyclone-fi? Heat-wave fi?''
Later,. an onlooker in the France, Yann Rousselot, TWEETED after reading Ghosh's silly tweets: