Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Futureby Charles Bowden
In Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, Bowden continues the quest he first set out onor rather, that grabbed him by the throat and hasn't yet let him goin 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… See more details below
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In Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, Bowden continues the quest he first set out onor rather, that grabbed him by the throat and hasn't yet let him goin 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 bordera country Bowden's journalism has stamped as his ownand 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."
"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...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."
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