Sep 1, 2010

Den of Antiquities

(NYTBR) ... In his explorations of the Southwest, Childs has often crossed paths with pot hunters and private collectors. Most were driven by curiosity and the excitement of discovering lost history. Cather understood the impulse: “There is something stirring about finding evidences of human labor and care in the soil of an empty country,” Tom Outland says in the novel. “It comes to you as a sort of message, makes you feel differently about the ground you walk over every day.” Then you have to resist the urge to take home what you have found. Continued