When asked whether he’ll return to Russia, Thomson says he wants to focus his energies “back toward places where I live, where my life is, my homefront.” The US, he explains, has its own problems, ones he wants to bring into greater focus, issues of consumption and appetite, how our actions, even the smallest ones — what we drive, what we eat — have consequences. “We are fundamentally a part of an infinite number of relations,” says Thomson. “Everything we do reverberates.” And he stresses the importance of people’s relationships to place: our lives are defined by the places we live and work and visit, “and, ultimately, whether those places are preserved and protected and treated well comes down to how much people are willing to fight for them.”
Peter Thomson discusses Sacred Sea on November 28 at 6 pm at First Parish Church, 3 Church Street, Cambridge. Visit globecorner.com for details.
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