We Are the Virus

A Psalm for the Wild Built

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson



Kate meant to say Z axis not Y axis when describing Blue and Orange Morality.


Summary: Rotten Tomatoes

Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X — a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscapes and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity.


Nerd Corner:

Anthropocene: an unofficial unit of geologic time, used to describe the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems (National Geographic).

Golden Spike: where we place it is important 

  • 1950s, nuclear bombs, the Great Acceleration 
  • 1800s, the industrial revolution
  • 1610, the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade

Kathryn Yusoff, A Billion Black Anthropocene or None

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing: proliferations vs. resurgence

How do we understand ourselves in relation to nature?


Kate Notes:

Always a good sign when everyone around you is wearing hazmat gear

Meteor speeding to/around earth

Lighthouse -> isolation

The meteor hits the lighthouse. Weird mutation?

Isolation and proliferation.

Tumor growths and proliferation vs. SEARCH FOR IT

A full glass of water that he just stares at. Seeing him through the hallway, he’s only partially visible. He’s a fraction of what he was. Or he’s only partially there.

She crosses into the frame to hold his hand. We’re at eye level with the table

Distorted hands through water

Distortion of reality

She’s more in frame than he is, she’s still present but he’s fractured

“Ah you’re vomiting, this is my moment to join you. Let’s be friends. We’re both women, that’s all you need to be a friend with me.”

He makes the romantic comment about looking at the same stars and she’s like “bitch do you really think I spend my time pining?” A subversion of the usual scene

Confetti to test a hurricane- invoking the dangerousness and wild nature of the Shimmer

What an inspiring leader Ventress is

The music choice for the film is very interesting. It’s very folksy

Radek is just yoinked backward.

Portman doesn’t waste a second and jumps right the fuck in. Ventress watches

Lena just gets low and shoots it in the jaw until it dies. It has throat teeth. THROAT TEETH

The mutations were subtle at first, more extreme as we grew closer to the lighthouse. Corrupts of form, duplicates of form.



Not always, sometimes it was beautiful.

Everything has that oil slick shimmer

The water, the air, etc.

It’s like a game of find the rainbow. Annihilation is so pride ready.

Lena’s blood from the bruise-too (tat-bruise) is shimmer splitting

Anya’s face is in half light while she calls Lena a liar

Kind of anteater esques. Anteater esquires lmao

The rib cages in the sand. Each with a marking. A growth over the lighthouse. The light reflecting off the glass. This si the gloomiest it’s been and it’s still bright

There’s a hole in the lighthouse (hole in the bucket dear liza a hole)

The growing masses are too discreet- like the lines are too clean. Roots are rufflier. 

Coalesce into an oil slick that mutates like a fractal cloud. Light in the center

It rotates to us, the core of light shifting to look dead into the camera

We see her look into it, the light reflecting in her eyes and she’s drawn in

Blood by her eye flows into the center. This is where the music stopped being folksy and became noise.

It is recreating her? But less titatage

The tentacles from the back, sound womps and bloots

It looked like it was glowing out the ass for a second

We saw the mirror thing happening with the mottled dear thing moving in synchronicity

The hole is on fire. LOL flaming holes. The whole hole is blazin

What did it want. I don’t think it wanted anything.

But it attacked me. It mirrored me. I attacked it. I’m not sure it even knew I was there.


General Tropes

Abandoned Camp Ruins

Anachronic Order- Flashback B Plot – How We Got Here

Apocalyptic Log

The Atoner – I owe him. Ventress

Be Careful What You Wish For (wanting to know what was in the lighthouse)

Have I Mentioned That I am Gay (happy pride month!)

I Reject Your Reality -> Selective Obliviousness

Motifs (Refraction, cancer, reflection)

No Antagonist


Nature, Humanity, Morality

Blue and Orange Morality (our relationship with nature and imposed morality)

Reclaimed by Nature

Humans Are the Real Monsters

The Topic of Cancer


Weird Horror

Dangerously Garish Environment

Eldritch Location

Reality is Out to Lunch (laws of physics who?)

More Teeth Than the Osmond Family

Voice Changeling


Blazing holes


Works Cited:

Lowenhaupt Tsing, Anna. (2017). A Threat to Holocene Resurgence Is a Threat to Livability. In Marc Brightman, Jerome Lewis (Eds.), The Anthropology of Sustainability: Beyond Development and Progress (pp. 51-65). Palgrave MacMillan New York.


Subramanian, Meera. (2019, October 2). Humans versus Earth: the quest to define the Anthropocene. Nature.


National Geographic Society. (2022, May 20). Anthropocene. National Geographic. 


VanderMeer, Jeff. (2014, February 4). Annihilation: “Weird” Nature. Weird Fiction.


Davis, Heather & Todd, Zoe. (2017). On the Importance of a Date, or, Decolonizing the Anthropocene. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 16(4), 761-780. Retrieved from