Some of the dead are still breathing : living in the future

by Bowden, Charles, 1945-2014.

Format: Print Book 2009
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Northland Public Library Nonfiction 917.9 B67 2009
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In more than a dozen groundbreaking books and many articles, Charles Bowden has blazed a trail of fire from the deserts of the Southwest to the centers of power where abstract ideas of human nature hold sway -- and to the roiling places that give such ideas the lie. He has claimed as his turf "our soul history, the germinal material, vast and brooding, that is always left out of more orthodox (all of them) books about America" (Jim Harrison, on Blood Orchid ).

In this seminal book, Bowden turns his fearless gaze toward the future, the future we can feel hurtling toward us as fuel reserves dwindle, species die out, terrorism flourishes, the Earth warms, and our ability to be fully awake -- alert and impassioned in our lives -- wanes. Weaving together natural history, memoir, reportage, and sheer virtuosic writing, he takes us on a furious tour of our emerging reality, his observations from the borderlands -- of nations, laws, species, and desire -- all the more searing for his refusal to be our scourge.

Bowden has always had the gift of prophecy, but Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing is proof that the times have caught up with his vision. We need that vision now more than ever.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Bowden is a blood-and-guts journalist with a poet's sensibility, a noirish naturalist, a ferociously inquisitive witness to life's glory and horror torn between the desire to embrace the world and the need to hole up in a drapes-drawn motel room. Bowden covers the borderland drug culture in such high-voltage dispatches as Down by the River (2002), while also writing darkly rhapsodic works of memory and reflection. This ravishing chronicle follows Blood Orchid (1995) and Blues for Cannibals (2002) to complete an accidental trilogy of books that flow from a single question and a single hunger: how can a person live a moral life in a culture of death the deaths of people and animals, forests and oceans, clean air and water. Writing with molten urgency, confessional magnetism, and piercing detail, Bowden chronicles his unlikely friendships with a rattlesnake and a desert tortoise, enigmatic encounters with women, the psychic repercussions of his murder investigations, and his part in a terrifying Greenpeace mission. Red wine, Moby-Dick, human brutality, the suffering of other species, the obdurateness of paradox, the ambush of love, beauty beyond comprehension, the immensity of loss implicit in our planetary crimes Bowden, singing in chains, says yes to all of life.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Bowden, Charles, -- 1945-2014 -- Travel -- Southwest, New.
Bowden, Charles, -- 1945-2014 -- Travel.
Bowden, Charles, -- 1945-2014 -- Prophecies.
Voyages and travels.
Natural history.
Social change.
Social prediction.
Southwest, New -- Description and travel.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,2009
Language English
Description 243 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780151013951
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