This collage-like book is an inquiry into the nature of life and of existence itself. Simultaneously philosophical, spiritual, and literary, it pushes the boundaries of this area of thought beyond the strictures of science, religion, and all other forms of ideology. Author Richard Grossinger dazzlingly blends narrative memoir, short science fiction “novels” (the shortest being a mere paragraph), political think pieces, Buddhist screeds, public dialogue via found art, and even dreams to create a bold view of the world and humankind’s precarious place in it.
About Richard Grossinger
Since the issuing of Solar Journal: Oecological Sections by Black Sparrow Press in 1970, Richard Grossinger (richardgrossinger.com) has published some 35 books, most of them with his own press, North Atlantic Books, but also titles with Harper, Doubleday, Sierra Club Books, and J. P. Tarcher, among others. These have ranged from long explorations of science, culture, and spirituality (The Night Sky, Planet Medicine, Embryogenesis) to memoirs and nonfiction novels (New Moon, Out of Babylon) to experimental prose (Book of the Earth and Sky, Spaces Wild and Tame) and science fiction (Mars: A Science Fiction Vision). Grossinger received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1975 and lives with his wife Lindy Hough in Berkeley, California.
"With pathos, humor, and keen mystical insight, Richard Grossinger has composted a powerful incantation to dispel the disenchangment of the world and redeem the numinous geography of the Earth of visions."
—Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Leader of the Sufi Order International
"Richard Grossinger’s life-long inquiry into physical reality has plunged the lineage of his predecessors, most notably Charles Olson and Robert Duncan, into the deepest space of ethical practice and poetic perception. Now, with On the Integration of Nature: Post-9/11 Biopolitical Notes, Grossinger has crafted an energetic pushback ot the Jihadis of religion and science who are attacking the heart of creation form which he is so profoundly inspired.”
—Kenneth Warren, Editor, House Organ
“In this time of transition and transformation, cultural anthropologist Richard Grossinger addresses what it is to be human and in the world now, adding yet another profound work to the more than twenty books he has already written. … Grossinger has conducted a life-long study into the nature of physical reality. The fruits of his inquiry he once again makes available in this newest treatise, in which, with lyrical erudition, he shares his thoughts on many timely subjects including politics and religion.”
—New Paradigm Digest