Common Reading Experience


John Green



Download Full Text (718 KB)


The University of Mississippi‘s 2022 Common Reading Experience selection -- The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green -- was chosen as the communal text for 2022, and will be the focus of university-wide discussions and programming throughout 2022.

The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.

Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together.

Publication Date


Relational Format


Subject Headings (LCSH)

Culture -- Miscellanea -- Reviews; Science -- Miscellanea -- Reviews; Manners and customs -- Miscellanea -- Reviews; Civilization, Modern -- 21st century -- Miscellanea -- Reviews; Culture.


Link to research resource guide for The Anthropocene Reviewed, compiled by UM Libraries.

Additional files include:

Classroom resource guide created by EDHE, Library, and Writing and Rhetoric Faculty and Staff

Accessibility Status

Searchable text

The Anthropocene Reviewed

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.