Christopher G. Moore Updates: 2 April 2019

Rooms: On Human Domestication and Submission (2019)
Christopher G. Moore




Check out this YouTube Book review of Rooms by Edward Casagrande:

Rooms is not a Vincent Calvino crime novel. But like a Calvino novel, Rooms tackles a large mystery. How to explain the organization of our complex lives, families, societies, and institutions? We’ve not always lived in cities and in rooms. Hunter-gatherers organized themselves in bands.

I’m asking Calvino readers who love a good noir mystery to follow me on a journey where the noir, the mystery, the crimes are unearthed to tell a much larger story.

What’s Rooms about?

Mobility runs deep in our evolutionary history. From our beginnings as a species our small bands were on the move. About 10,000 years ago Agriculture hobbled us. Over millennia, we gradually relinquished our traditional mobility by living in permanent rooms. For millennia our world has been constructed from rooms and each generation tells a story of their experience in the never ending, unsuccessful struggle to escape. Rooms is a chronicle that describes the processes that shaped and modified the necessity of personal movement to survive. Staying in a fixed place came with a number of costs. In psychological, political and social ways we have found ourselves paying a high rate interest imposed by a culture of room. This book is an exploration of the forces, processes, and methods in a newly constructed environment for a domesticated species of homo sapiens.

Early praise for Rooms:

“Rooms is an engaging and impressive meditation on the entanglement between humans and our material cultures, from deep prehistory until the present day. It is, essentially, an archaeology of lived-in spaces, sweeping in scope, which explores the ways in which we reshape the contours of our natural environments, and the ways in which those spaces in turn shape us. A fascinating read." Professor Damian Evans, Ph.D., Author of Angkor and Khmer Civilization (2018), Research Fellow, a ?cole fran?aised' Extr?me-Orient, and Principal Investigator of the CALI program at the EFEO Centre at Siem Reap-Angkor

“_Rooms_ is dauntingly expansive and requires pauses in the reading for rumination, but it is captivating all the same in its chronicling of why and when and how we as a species moved from wall-less rural spaces to encumbered urban cocoons – and what that shift has done to us....”—Paul Dorsey, _The Nation_ (Thailand)

“With his latest book, Rooms, Christopher G. Moore has gone to a level of investigative effort and description few authors would attempt. His book Rooms, On Human Domestication and Submission, is incredible. It is not easy to summarize the book as it offers so much, but essentially it explores the impact that physical spaces (rooms), have had on the evolution, struggles and the domestication of humans over thousands of years. He has introduced a unique yet obvious theory and supports it with facts and references from numerous authors and institutions. Yes, he did his research.” M.H., Amazon reviewer

I hope you’ll buy Rooms and spread the word via Skype, email, billboards, and face-to-face conversations with friends, colleagues, and, of course, total strangers. Remember to tell them this: Rooms are an essential part of your life. You can’t easily escape to a non-room culture. Your four walls, ceiling and floor continues to define you from birth to death. Guaranteed Rooms will change the way your see your life.

Best wishes,


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