By Bruce Berger
The Southwest Berger sees is an strange, even ordinary, position, with population which are simply as unusual. during this number of essays he introduces us to humans and areas that outline a quarter and a lifestyle. We meet eccentric wasteland dwellers like Cactus Pete, who claimed to have mapped the mountains of Venus lengthy sooner than NASA penetrated its clouds. We chart the canals of Phoenix, that have created a Martian panorama out of an irrigation procedure relationship again to the traditional Hohokam; remain at a "wigwam" lodge in Holbrook, whose kitsch appeals even to Hopis; and dim our lighting fixtures for the overseas Dark-Sky Association's efforts to maintain evening skies secure for astronomy.
Focusing at the interplay of individuals with the surroundings, Berger finds an unique imaginative and prescient of the Southwest that encompasses either urban and desolate tract. In a concluding essay centering at the sale of his mother's property in Phoenix, he concedes that "our purpose to depart the barren region by myself has resulted, unwittingly, in loss after loss, just by our being here." occasionally there are losses—a canyon, a house—but Berger attunes us to the prodigies of change.
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There Was a River by Bruce Berger