Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology


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: 22,418

Product description

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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Author information

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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"An intricately textured, deep breath of a book that blurs the boundaries between human and animal, mind and earth." --"Orion " "A wild book in every sense of the word, full of stories that will leave you trembling, but even fuller of ideas that will send you out into the world with new eyes." --Bill McKibben, author of "Eaarth " """I cannot imagine another book that so gently and so persuasively alters how we look at ourselves." --Richard Louv, author of "The Nature Principle" "One of the most compelling and important ecology books in decades." --Rex Weyler, co-founder of Greenpeace International "A truly alchemical book. . . . Those of us who still hope for a revolutionary change in our thinking toward animals, the living land and the climate will welcome this book. Abram is an audacious thinker, a true visionary, and, really, just a damn good nature writer." --"San Francisco Book Review " "A stunning, compelling journey into embodied, earth