Welcome truth seekers and wanderers – humans of hope and fear – star-gazers and number crunchers – city dwellers and mountain lovers – adventurous creatures from all walks of life. You’ve found yourself at the website of Jordan O’Donnell. Settle in, take a breath: we’re glad you’re here.
Tomorrow, May 22, O’Donnell is releasing his debut novel, Zoon Garden: The Decline of a Nation. This is a disturbing and brilliant satire for everyone who feels disillusioned with the modern state of politics. It’s a story about truth, connection, and polarization. You can read more and buy your copy on the “Books” tab of this website.
If you’ve kept up with O’Donnell, you know there’s more to this project than the book itself. In the coming months, O’Donnell is launching a cross-country bus tour of the United States alongside eighteen ambitious interns. The goal: to get the book to people like you.
Jonah Baker, the team’s Creative Director, stresses the importance of using the trip as an opportunity to start honest conversation. “Zoon Garden is a very interesting take on political allegory that I haven’t really seen before,” he says. “In the book, the animals don’t start with a baseline of truth. You can see clearly that the pigeons are social media, and the owl and eagle become nationally syndicated media. There’s an important interpretation that this presents to the reader: it’s very, very easy to fall into the trap of taking truth at face value and not investigating it as deeply as you should. How we interpret truth is more individual than any single outlet provides for us.”
Our perceptions of truth are deeply individualistic – and for that reason, we deserve to have access to open conversation, media literacy tools, and literature that questions our nation’s information distribution methods. The Zoon Garden Promotional Tour aims to do all of that. We want to meet you. We want to talk about the state of our nation, whether we agree with one another or not. We want to help each other discern truth using the information that we have. This blog is designed to take you on that journey with us. Going forward, you can expect weekly updates on the tour’s progress, punctuated with media literacy articles, political and philosophical interviews, and book reviews.
Pre-order your copy of Zoon Garden: The Decline of a Nation today. We can’t wait to meet you.