I was nineteen years old when my Jim Thompson addled brain stumbled upon Red Line. Since then, I've read everything by the man I could get my hands on. He's one of the great treasures of our city and one of the very few people I'll read just because his name is on the byline or dust jacket. I wish someone would put together the magazine pieces more thoroughly. Like Joseph Mitchell and AJ Liebling, he's put forth some of the best writing, not just journalism, but writing this country has seen from the 80s, 90s and aughts. I worry that he'll never get his due. To my mind, he belongs up there with McCarthy, Stegner and Harrison and a few of the only people who really understand what it means to live in the West. Maybe this will get the ball rolling whilst he's still among us.
Can't wait to pick this one up! So excited to see Deborah Morgan listed. She takes the reader with her on all of her journeys through the pages.
Too bad Tucson politicians let historic neighborhoods in the downtown be bulldozed. The downtown here holds little attraction to my family. We are used to Albuquerque's Old Town, which has a beautiful plaza and old historic church surrounded by many interesting shops, and nearby museums, and free parking to top it off. We shopped a lot there, considering we were not tourists and lived there.Albuquerque's old town isn't just a tourist draw--it's part of locals' lives. Weddings, powwows, free concerts and festivals all year round, etc, all reason to go there. Tucson just doesn't have a lively, historic center like Albuquerque's Old Town.
Well deserved review. Thanks.
Great book, once I started reading I could not put it down. Several friends I have recommended Drowning Tucson to had the same experience. Violently brutal and unnerving at times but very much a part of society that many sadly have pulled the wool over their eyes to. Morales gives us a perspective that only a police interrogator or eyewitness would have.
Nice review! This was the third out of Mark's four books that I've read in the past two years; he's definitely a fav of mine too.
Great reveiw and FANTASTIC BOOK! Mark is one of my favorite authors!
I just ordered another copy of this beatiful book as a gift for my own mother. The pictures are amazing and the words show such a passion for the place and its spirituality. Fontana has indeed given Tucson and all of Arizona a real treasure with this tome. And the photographs are amazing. I suspect the first edition of this book will sell out quickly. The books are available on Amazon for a substantial savings. The book is very substantial and weighs nearly 9 pounds. I give this work my highest marks.
Hello John...this is an unusual request and i hope it doesn't inconvenience you. i just read your story about Nancy Coggeshall...My sister Cindy went to school in Rhode Island with her and apparently they were best friends..living next door to each other in Narraganset, R.I. Cindy is trying to reach Nancy after all these years and we were wondering if you could forward this to her...My sister is Cindy Hall (Houston)..lives on Balboa Island, Calif...her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Her phone # is 949-673-2544 or cell 949-293-2752. Cindy has tried over and over to find her but to no avail.
Therefore, I am trying to do it for her! I tried Facebook but with no luck! i hope you can help us out..or Cindy...
Thanks in advance,
Sally (Hall) McManus
I lugged this book all the way to Vietnam, and I now regret that it was a probably a large factor in my overweight charges. (I probably could have just found it for free anyways, the discard of some trendy backpacker in a cheap hostel.) I finished it begrudgingly today and went straight to the web to see if I was the only one who found it, well, an unbearable work of startling ineptitude.
THANK YOU FOR ARTICULATING MY FRUSTRATION.
I felt like I was in a college-level creating writing class watching everyone salivate over some moron, keeping my mouth shut all the while, thinking I was the only person who "didn't get it." I had just read Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" when I started reading Eggers, which may have catapulted the feeling of eating a really good stir-fry and, thinking I was going for a second helping, ended up with a four-day stomach virus, but even without the comparison, this book, in my humble opinion, really blew.
Again, thank you.
Tim all of what you said is true! Please read Salmon's earlier works (ie: Home Is The River, Gila Descending (Edward Abbey liked it) and Signal To Depart (about the continued destruction of Mimbres sites) also consider taking off from Sweltering Tucson and driving I-10 to Lordsburg, turn north on NM highway 90, continue above Silver City on NM 15 to the Gila Wilderness Visitor Center/Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. See the Gila River Forks, soak in a stream side hot spring Geronimo himself rejuvenated himself! Take a fishing rod and catch a trout, small mouth bass and or a channel catfish. Cook it in a cast iron pan above searing hot coals of freshly burned juniper or mesquite you brought from you yard back in the old pueblo. And thank your higher power for Aldo leopold for saving this nearly pristine place. Then head back down 15(hopefully after sleeping along the banks of the Gila, in Gila Hot springs campgground, put to sleep by the melodice sound of flowing water.. then reurn down highway 15 back to silver city, drive through town highway 180 (14th street) turn north onto Little Walnut. Three miles up on the left is High Lonesome road which at the end is Dutch Salmon High Lonesome Bookstore and guest cottage, go on in and meet Dutch, his wife Cherri and their son Bud. Very approachable people, you may even find one of those afore mentioned works by Dobie, or Abbey and Salmons own works..................
As a committed conservationist I will try and get this boook. I hope that it makes the point that biodiversity is not some fancy hobby but is central to our own survival. People must realize this if it is to become the important issue it deserves to be. Above all, we will continue to spiral downwards in our "spaceship" earth, unless we stop our unsustainable population growth. But so many interests of an economic nature are bound up in this perpetual growth that it is hard to do. Only a complete U-turn will get us out of this one. On an optimistic note, a leading industrialist in Australia, Dick Smith, is sponsering a political party called Sustainable Australia. Many think that Australia is a big country - it is a big desert. Less than 6% is arable land and after only about 200 years of colonization, we have decimated our small forest areas by around 80%. We have no rivers to speak of ( Oh for a Mississippi ) and water is becoming a very contentious issue - there is simply not enough for ou current lifestyle.
While Gerry Hernbrode was principal at Keeling Elementary, I visited a number of classes and was tremendously impressed by the kids and their dedicated teachers. The progress of children in English as a Second Language classes was amazing and much more than vocabulary was being learned by these students who spoke five different first languages. The school was an island of safety, fun, and opportunity. It's rewarding to go there again in PROVINCIAL JUSTICE. I look forward to more Kate Mahoney adventures
Jarret Keene's appreciative review of two fine poets is, as usual, on the mark, though naturally both would benefit from more extensive commentary. His kickoff remark about the Norton anthology is interesting, because that popular volume seems as devoted to exclusion as to inclusion of much of the best work being done today. Publishing has become far too much a matter of celebrity creation than finding the best poems other than those of the past (well represented for the most part).
Perhaps too many editors are editing people, not poems. It's nothing new, of course. Keene's keen responses are very welcome for their freshness and his concentration on what it should be about, the work itself.
(from Dublin): David Ray, www.davidraypoet.com
I graduated with a creative writing major and still appreciate my poetry classes in the late 60s and early 70s for how they taught me to be spare. However, I have since almost never enjoyed what passes for contemporary poetry. Burgess Needle is an "old" poet in years, but I hope his his poetry (assembled since retirement) signals a new wave of wise writers in this genre.
Veil of Roses has been my absolute favorite book since I read it two years ago. As a young woman that has grown up in America, I cannot understand what it would have been like to grow up the way Tamila did. To imagine that you will never have the freedom that you dream of. I cried several times when reading this book, and I gurantee you that you will too. Laura Fitzgerald has touched many hearts by writing this book, and she has impacted everyone that has read this book. We will now never take what we have in America -the fundamentals of our country- for granted.
Charles Bowden is clearly one of the greatest writers to come out of the desert Southwest, and Shumaker is absolutely right to say that his work represents “a new kind of writing,” one in which terror and exhilaration are virtually inseparable. In fact, Bowden may very well become for the current era what Mark Twain was for the 19th century: the one imagination (with an utterly original, powerful, and at times almost brutal prose style) who is uniquely capable of penetrating the American soul.
Fountainhead, indeed: self-righteous and humorless to the end!
Charles Bowden smolders. Trinity's nice, and Berman's photos are great. But if you want the fire, the real deal, see/listen to this piece in NPR today on his new book, "Murder City:" http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.p….
While I love all his books, and his nature writing is excellent too, he's a crime reporter at heart, and his series on the crisis in Cd. Juarez the past several books has been topnotch stuff.
"I would love to read an entire book of just his field notes, which, for an ethnographer, is a high compliment."
I agree completely! As much as I was absolutely fascinated by his work to understand the tribe, I found myself (im)patiently reading, hoping that as I turned the page another one of his field notes stories would be waiting for me. David - I eagerly await your "Noted from the field" book.
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