Reading, Writing, and Revolution

By Derrick Jensen

Chelsea Green Publishing Company (2004, world English rights)

Paper • ISBN-13: 9781931498487 • US $22.50 • 8.8 in x 5.8 in • 232 pgs.



Remember the days of longing for the hands on the classroom clock to move faster? Most of us would say we love to learn, but we hated school. Why is that? What happens to creativity and individuality as we pass through the educational system?

Walking on Water is a startling and provocative look at teaching, writing, creativity, and life by a writer increasingly recognized for his passionate and articulate critique of modern civilization. This time Derrick Jensen brings us into his classroom — whether college or maximum security prison — where he teaches writing. He reveals how schools perpetuate the great illusion that happiness lies outside of ourselves and that learning to please and submit to those in power makes us into lifelong clock-watchers.

Jensen’s great gift as a teacher and writer is to bring us fully alive at the same moment he is making us confront our losses and count our defeats. It is at the center of Walking on Water, a book that is not only a hard-hitting and sometimes scathing critique of our current educational system and not only a hands-on method for learning how to write, but, like Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, a lesson on how to connect to the core of our creative selves.


“I would urge all teachers’ colleges and schools of education to get rid of their textbooks and required courses and instead give everyone preparing to be a teacher a copy of Derrick Jensen’s Walking on Water. It is a superb commentary on learning, for both teachers and students — practical and visionary at the same time.”

Howard Zinn, author, A People’s History of the United States



Derrick Jensen is an activist, teacher, and prize-winning author of numerous books, including The Culture of Make Believe, A Language Older Than Words, Listening to the Land, Thought to Exist in the Wild: Awakening from the Nightmare of Zoos, and co-author (with George Draffan) of Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests and Welcome to the Machine: Science, Surveillance, and the Culture of Control. His writing has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Audubon, The Sun Magazine, and Orion Magazine, among many others. Recently named Press Action Person of the Year, his speaking engagements pack bookstores, university auditoriums, and conference halls across the nation. He lives in Northern California and continues to write about the destructive impact of industrial civilization, our connection to the land, our kinship with one another, and our place in the living world. His website is



A Language Older Than Words

Listening to the Land

Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests

The Culture of Make Believe

Thought to Exist in the Wild: Awakening from the Nightmare of Zoos

Welcome to the Machine: Science, Surveillance, and the Culture of Control


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