Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing

Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing

Living in the Future

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In Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, Bowden continues the quest he first set out on--or rather, that grabbed him by the throat and hasn't yet let him go--in the 1995 Blood Orchid ("a first-rate eye-opener to 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). Where Blood Orchid cast an eye back over the American past, retelling the history of our love affair with violence in Bowden's incantatory, near-hallucinatory voice, Blues for Cannibals turned to the present, tracing the "soul-sickness" underlying our present malaise. Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing continues the mission of this "accidental trilogy," trawling south of the border--a country Bowden's journalism has stamped as his own--and far afield, to post-terrorism Bali and back again to the deserts of the Southwest, where he writes from the point of view of a rattlesnake, and into the wells of memoir, the perspectives coiling back upon themselves to make "a kind of record of our deep hungers, our deep hungers, our deep appetite for homicide, and our endless emptiness as we prowl the midnight streets looking for that thing we are certain will fix us."

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.


Baker & Taylor
Evaluates the prospects of our near-future world in the face of dwindling fuel reserves, terrorism, and a decreasing capacity of everyday people to experience passion and connection.

Blackwell North Amer
In this seminal book, Charles Bowden turns his unflinching 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.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of Down by the River evaluates the prospects of our near-future world in the face of dwindling fuel reserves, terrorism, and a decreasing capacity of everyday people to experience passion and connection.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780151013951
Branch Call Number: 979 BOWDE BOWDE
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 22 cm

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readtoday Mar 19, 2010

Charles Bowden, in this work described by his publisher as "seminal", undertakes a psychological foray into the future. If you dare to accompany him, it is a journey you will never forget!

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