Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

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By (author) David Abram

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375713697
  • ISBN 13: 9780375713699
  • Sales rank: 22,712

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A PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Runner-up David Abram's first book, "The Spell of the Sensuous," hailed as "revolutionary" by the "Los Angeles Times," as "daring" and "truly original" by "Science," has become a classic of environmental literature. Now he returns with a startling exploration of our human entanglement with the rest of nature. As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a metamorphosis in our relation to the living land. For too long we've ignored the wild intelligence of our bodies, taking our primary truths from technologies that hold the living world at a distance. Abram's writing subverts this distance, drawing readers ever closer to their animal senses in order to explore, from within, the elemental kinship between the human body and the breathing Earth. The shape-shifting of ravens, the erotic nature of gravity, the eloquence of thunder, the pleasures of being edible: all have their place in this book.

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David Abram is an ecologist, anthropologist, and philosopher who lectures and teaches widely around the world. His prior book, "The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World," helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology. The recipient of a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, David was named by both the "Utne Reader "and the British journal" Resurgence "as one of a hundred visionaries transforming contemporary culture. His writings on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies. A co-founder of the "Alliance for Wild Ethics""(AWE), "David lives with his family in the foothills of the southern Rockies.

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"This book is like a prehistoric cave. If you have the nerve to enter it and you get used to the dark, you'll discover things about storytelling which are startling, urgent and deeply true. Things each of us once knew, but forgot when we were born into the 19th and 20th centuries. Extraordinary rediscoveries!" -John Berger "David Abram is among the most important interpreters of the wild voice within us. At no other time in Western history have we needed to listen to that voice, and David's, as much as we do today." --Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder " "As with many deeply original--and radical--books, this work may startle, even provoke the reader in its electric reversal of conventional thought. Worth any provocation for the profundity of its insights, this is a portrait of the artist as a young raven, arguing, with all the subtlety of his mind, for the mindedness of the body. An exercise of uncanny ima