Blues for Cannibals

Blues for Cannibals

The Notes From Underground

Book - 2002
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Blues for Cannibalscontinues the quest Bowden began inBlood Orchid-to discover the headwaters of the sickness that seeps through the American soul, and to consider what it might mean to come fully alive in a time of exalted consumption, global pillage, gated communities, and wholesale destruction of the environment. Down, down he leads us, in intoxicating, nearly hallucinogenic prose-past the Yaqui, the Anasazi, and other ghosts of our collective history, past the hookers, winos, and assorted have-nots outside the prosperous circle by the fire. We meet a prisoner obsessed with painting presidents, sex offenders whose desires are not as alien as we wish, a murderer whose execution does not cure what ails us. "I wound up looking at a world where cannibalism is life," Bowden writes, "and of course, given the diet, a life without a future." He mourns a young artist who couldn't find a reason to keep living and tends a mesquite tree that won't die. And down among its metaphoric roots, he reacquaints us with the appetites-fierce, flawed, human-that might save us too.Blues for Cannibalsis scripture for an age when bushes no longer burn.
Publisher: New York : North Point Press, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780865476240
0865476241
Branch Call Number: 973.92 B672b 2002
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 22 cm

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