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The Charles Bowden Reader - Charles Bowden

The Charles Bowden Reader

By: Charles Bowden, Erin Almeranti (Editor), Mary Martha Miles (Editor), Jim Harrison (Foreword by)

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Published: 1st September 2010
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From his first book, Killing the Hidden Waters, to his most recent, Murder City: Cuidad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields, Charles Bowden has been sounding an alarm about the rapacious appetites of human beings and the devastation we inflict on the natural world we arrogantly claim to possess. His own corner of the world, the desert borderlands between the United States and Mexico, is Bowden's prime focus, and through books, magazine articles, and newspaper journalism he has written eloquently about key issues roiling the border--drug-related violence that is shredding civil society, illegal immigration and its toll on human lives and the environment, destruction of fragile ecosystems as cities sprawl across the desert and suck up the limited supplies of water.

This anthology gathers the best and most representative writing from Charles Bowden's entire career. It includes excerpts from his major books--Killing the Hidden Waters, Blue Desert, Desierto: Memories of the Future, Blood Orchid, Blues for Cannibals, A Shadow in the City, Inferno, Exodus, and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing--as well as articles that appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Mother Jones, and other publications. Imbued with Bowden's distinctive rhythm and lyrical prose, these pieces also document his journey of exploration--a journey guided, in large part, by the question posed in Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: "How do we live a moral life in a culture of death?" This is no metaphor; Bowden is referring to the people, history, animals, and ecosystems that are being extinguished in the onslaught of twenty-first-century culture.

The perfect introduction to his work, The Charles Bowden Reader is also essential for those who know him well and want to see the whole panorama of his passionate, intense writing.

Forewordp. vii
Introduction by the Editorsp. ix
Coming to Arizona, from Arizona Highwaysp. 3
Bats, from Blue Desertp. 7
Speech Excerpt from North Dakota Geological Conferencep. 16
Excerpt from Killing the Hidden Watersp. 18
Snaketime, from Wild Earthp. 27
Excerpt from Infernop. 39
One Thing in Common: Sadness, from the Tucson Citizenp. 47
Excerpt from "Using Our Children for Sex," from the Tucson Citizenp. 51
Rape, from the Tucson Citizenp. 53
Torch Song, from Harper'sp. 78
Excerpt from the 2008 Photography Exhibit "The History of the Future"p. 101
While You Were Sleeping, from Harper'sp. 105
Don Francisco Must Be Stopped, from USA Todayp. 122
Excerpt from Exodusp. 124
Outback Nightmares and Refugee Dreams, from Mother Jonesp. 133
Excerpt from Shadow in the Cityp. 149
The Pariah, from Esquirep. 159
Ike and Lyndon, from Harper'sp. 183
Extraordinary Renditionp. 204
Epilogue on Edward Abbeyp. 215
The Bone Garden of Desire, from Esquirep. 220
Letter to Barbara Houlbergp. 237
Excerpt from Some of the Dead Are Still Breathingp. 239
Excerpt from Desierto: Memories of the Futurep. 242
Excerpt from Blues for Cannibalsp. 245
Excerpt from Killing the Hidden Watersp. 252
Excerpt from Blood Orchidp. 255
Excerpt from Blues for Cannibalsp. 266
Excerpt from Desierto; Memories of the Futurep. 269
Excerpt from Infernop. 273
Afterword: Excerpt from Some of the Dead Are Still Breathingp. 283
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ISBN: 9780292721982
ISBN-10: 0292721986
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 311
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.48