One With the Tiger: Sublime and Violent Encounters Between by Steven Church

By Steven Church

On September 21, 2012, twenty-five 12 months outdated David Villalobos bought a cross for the Bronx Zoo and a price ticket for a journey at the Bengali show Monorail. Biding his time, he waited until eventually the monorail was once simply close to the enclosure of a 400 pound Siberian tiger named Bashuta sooner than jumping into it. They spent ten lengthy mins jointly within the tiger’s cage sooner than nature took its direction, with one exception: The tiger didn't kill him. David’s basically reaction: “It’s a non secular factor. i wished to be at one with the tiger.”

One with The Tiger: On Savagery and Intimacy makes use of David’s tale, and different moments of violent encounters among people and predators, to discover the road among human and animal. Exposing what the writer defines because the “shared liminal house among peace and violence,” Church posits that the animal is usually encroaching at the civilization —and these looking its wildness are in truth trying to find an ecstatic second which may outline what it skill to be human. utilizing examples from Timothy Treadwell to Mike Tyson, or such tv icons as Grizzly Adams and The wonderful Hulk, Church exhibits how this ecstasy can seep its method into the fewer flora and fauna of pop culture, proving many times that every people could be our personal worst predator.

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