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Becoming Animal – David Abram’s New Book

February 11th, 2011

If you’ve read ‘The Spell of the Sensuous’ you will know how insightful David Abram is – his next book is now out and it’s going to the top of my huge pile of ‘Reading To Be Done’.  Here is what Richard Louv, author of ‘Last Child in the Woods’ writes:

David Abram is unique among interpreters of the wild voice within us. His first book, The Spell of the Sensuous, has become a touchstone for a needed shift in our thinking about the place of humans in the world. As the poet Gary Snyder remarked, that book helped map us back into the world. In his new book, Becoming Animal, Abram offers a startling new exploration of our entanglement with the rest of nature. This time, his focus is the intimate but sadly forgotten relationship between our bodies and the earth. By excavating the most ordinary and familiar of our experiences–the perception of shadow, the recognition of depth, the transience of mood–he re-opens for us the knowing that our bodies are intertwined with the flesh of the earth. I cannot imagine another book that so gently and so persuasively alters how we look at ourselves, and reminds us that sentience was never our private possession, that our very awareness is a means of participating in a more than human world. At no other time in Western history have we needed to listen to the wild voice within us, and to Dave Abram’s, as much as we do today.

4 Responses to “Becoming Animal – David Abram’s New Book”

  1. Hi there, Philip. Glad to see mention of my work on your blog, since the Druid Craft Tarot is the SOLE deck of choice in my household (my wife, my two young kids, their mom, and me all consult it regularly). Huge gratitude for that gift to the world.
    And Will Worthington — Wow. Please let me know if there’s simple way to reach him. I’d like to pass a big Thanks in his direction as well.

  2. Hi David,
    That’s so nice to know – thank you! I can pass on any message to Will if you send it to me care of:

    I have still to read your book, but I have dipped into it and it is like dipping into a cool pool on a hot summer’s day. But I will get to read it and hopefully review it too. And what a fabulous cover!

    Blessings and thank you for all you do!

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