Moonshine, Monster Catfish and Other Southern Comforts
By (author) Burkhard Bilger
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Moonshine, Monster Catfish and Other Southern Comforts by Burkhard Bilger
Book DescriptionBurkhard Bilger's beautifully written, wonderfully funny and movingly nostalgic book explores the surviving (and often dying) folk traditions of the American South, from the eating of squirrel brains in Kentucky, cock-fighting in Oklahoma, frog-ranching in Georgia and coon-hunting all over, to the noodling for flatheads (fishing for catfish, using your fingers as bait and your arm as a hook) of the title. Caught between the possibility of survival through commercialisation or gradual decline (or in the case of squirrel-brain-eating, threatened by fears of Mad Squirrel Disease), many of these activities will be lucky to survive far into the new century. Burkhard Bilger's book is a wonderful elegy, hilarious, fascinating and touching, to a threatened tradition of American eccentricity and independence, but it is also a celebration of the survival of local folk culture in the era of the global triumph of Nike, Barbie and Coca-Cola, a survival that persists in America's own back yard. Narrative non-fiction at its best.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099415954
(198mm x 130mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Burkhard Bilger
Best American Science and Nature Writing 2000, Paperback (November 2000)» View all books by Burkhard Bilger
The editors have assembled selections from a remarkable group of writers--from John McPhee to Oliver Sacks to Wendell Berry--whose work have appeared in such periodicals as "National Geographic, Science", and "The New Yorker".
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Author Biography - Burkhard Bilger
Burkhard Bilger is a features editor at Discover and an adjunct professor of science writing at New York University.
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