“Part of it is being able to laugh at ourselves, and some of the pain we cause ourselves,” said Crary. “When I laugh at these things, I’m not trying to come off as feeling superior. I understand why people make the choice to live in suburbia. There are a lot of reasons. I’ve heard them all, and some of them are compelling. But, you’ve got to be able to laugh at the fiasco we’ve gotten ourselves into right now as a country and a culture.”
The shows, which are the basis for the book, are filled with discussions of topics as global as the consumption of fossil fuels and as local as the growth of towns and cities. Crary contends that there is more interest these days in talking about the important issues.
“People are getting more concerned about the quality of the buildings and the businesses in their town, because the price of gas is getting more expensive, and the price of everything is getting more expensive,” said Crary. “People are getting laid off and they’re worried that they are going to be trapped in some neighborhood or environment where they can’t access anything to function in their daily lives.”
During their shows, Crary and Kunstler use issues facing the Capital District as a basis for their conversations, but find a way to attract a national audience that finds similarities in their own communities.
“I wanted to take the essential conversations that I’ve had with Jim over the years and present them in a book form to reach a larger audience,” said Crary.
More information about Crary’s book and the weekly podcast can be found at www.kunstlercast.com.