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(From the Dec/Jan Zephyr) ‘Jack Burns: An Abbey Fictional Character From Two Dimensions’ …by Scott Thompson

An excerpt:

I believe that Jack Burns, a character in several of Edward Abbey’s novels, is in effect a time traveler from the pre-agricultural world. The hunter-gatherer societies that inhabited that world thrived for nearly 200,000 years and constituted the basic environment of human evolutionary adaptation. In duration they dwarf the last 5,000 years of agriculture-based human civilization (“syphilization” is what Ed called it).

I also believe that humanity is destined to reclaim salient features of those pre-agricultural societies, whether we do so by our own choice or because we are hammered into it by a long series of ecological disasters.
So Jack Burns is also a time traveler from humanity’s future.


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