The thing just beyond our reach

A portrait of writer Charles Bowden, told by people he’s written about and editors he’s worked with.


A portrait of the non-fiction writer Charles Bowden (1945-2014), told by the people he’s written about and the editors he’s worked with. Bowden lived in Tucson, Arizona, and wrote extensively on the cultural and physical environment of the Southwest. His style was both harsh and beautiful, and somewhat painful to read, as he took the position that we are all to blame, or perhaps that there is no one is to blame, for the violent and destructive acts committed against nature and society. He wrote about child molesters, drug traffickers, savings and loan executives, real estate developers, and crooked politicians in a way that implicates all of us.

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