The Boz Trilogy

by Thomas Givon







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The time is Spring 1968, the place is Berkeley. Vietnam looms large, and Leo Swenson is at the end of his tether. Son of the affluent middle class, a serial college dropout, petty drug dealer and draft dodger, Leo is at long last to graduate--when the People's Park demonstration scuttles his aimless life. On the lam and shorn of his draft deferment, he is dispatched by the mysterious Boz on a dope-hauling mission to Laguna Beach, where he falls in with a drug-running tribe and in love with the aging hippie queen Serena. After a wild odyssey across the West to Aspen, their scene explodes in senseless violence and Leo is back in a dump on the Lower East Side, main-lining hard stuff with an old friend. In a drug haze, he enlists in the US Army. Commissioned as artillery officer and on his way to Nam, Leo lands in Ft. Gordon, Georgia in the hush-hush unit Seadock, where his Berkeley provenance is put to good use in a weekly re-enactment of an urban riot. Misadventure follows Leo like a swarm of angry bees. Over the entire tale looms the sinister Boz--Vietnam vet, agent provocateur, drug lord, musician, hip philosopher, harbinger of Things to Come.

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Sasquatch

In the second book of The Boz Trilogy, the scene shifts to the mist-dripping coastal mountains of Southern Oregon, where the legendary Sasquatch--Bigfoot--is said to roam. Jed McGraw, about to graduate highschool and move on to college, is researching his senior thesis on--what else--Sasquatch. His parents, lawyer Leland and college instructor Amanda, are embroiled in county politics and a court case that turns on a dead mule. A born skeptic and lapsed Catholic, Jed McGraw and his friend Ole Gregersen launch themselves on a wild Odyssey, tracing rumors of Sasquatch through the Bigfoot country of northern California, the Militia's hideouts of the Idaho panhandle, the Numa Indian reservation in Colorado, and a primate research colony near Houston, coming to crash at the legendary UFO-haunted area 51 in Southeast New Mexico. Here they at long last encounter the sinister Viking--Sasquatch tracker, doomsday prophet, militia leader and Sexual avatar--whose Temple of the Living Sasquatch is gearing up for Armageddon. Back home, the mule case drags, twists and mutates, keeping Leland McGraw chained to his desk and Amanda restless. Above the explosive final denouement hovers, once again, the Boz, America's Deus ex Machina and arbiter of Things to Come.







Blood

The third book of the Boz Trilogy follows the aimless trail of Jonas Tall Tree, whose Numa father walked out on him in early childhood, leaving the boy to be raised by his Spanish kin, the Armijos. A Vietnam veteran, recovered alcoholic and drug addict, Jonas has just done his three-year stint in Federal prison, coming back home to Armijos County where his uncle Juan-Felix, the local land baron, is lusting after his ranch, the old family homestead. Promptly running afoul of the county sheriff, Jonas is forced to go underground, resurfacing on the Numa reservation, where he claims his half-blood birthright and registers as a Numa tribal member. On the Rez, Jonas discovers his numerous Tall Tree kin, including his cousin Gary Grey Eagle, his uncles Levi and July, his aunts Starlene and Minerva, and countless others. Trouble trails Jonas wherever he goes, with his Spanish and Numa kin exerting conflicting pressures. He attends traditional ceremonies and tries to learn the dying old language, striving to understand what being Numa is all about, what happened to his father, and where he himself fits in the great scheme of things. When his drug-soaked past threatens to catch up with him, the reincarnated Boz swoops down to the rescue--with strings attached.













































































































ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Thomas Givon is a linguist, rancher, musician and writer. His last novel, Running Through the Tall Grass, was published by HarperCollins in 1997. He lives with his wife Linda on a horse ranch near Ignacio, Colorado, and plays the lead fiddle of the Cat Creek Band.



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Tao Teh Ching

The Tao Teh Ching is traditionally attributed to the semi-legendary Lao Tse. It is one of the two basic texts of Classical Taoism from the 6th Century BC, the other being the works of the more earthy sage Chuang Tse. Classical Taoism developed in strong competition with its contemporary Confucian philosophy. Blending philosophy and mysticism, the Tao Teh Ching ranges over the three branches of traditional philosophy--cosmology (theory of origins), epistemology (theory of knowledge), and ethics (doctrine of human conduct)--all in the span of 81 short sutras. In Classical Taoism, all three domains of inquiry spring from a common source--Tao, the underlying directional force of the universe, somewhat akin to entropy. In Taoist cosmology, Tao is the original undifferentiated whole that existed before time, space and differentiated forms. What is more, Tao persists as the motivating force behind the world of multiple forms. The differentiation of Tao into the manifest worldly phenomena is reminiscent of the Big Bang, with the first step yielding the Yin-Yang distinction. Taoist epistemology is founded on a dual track of mental recognition, by which the mind can perceive and categorizing both the post-Tao world of differentiated forms and the primordial Tao. Finally, the Taoist doctrine of human conduct is founded on the concept of Wu-Wei ('no-do'), whereby arbitrary action is discouraged in favor of recognizing, and then acting in accordance with, the natural drift of Tao. The current translation strives to be faithful, first, to the communicative intent and spirit of the original Chines text. Considerable attention has been paid to the historical and philosophical context of Classical Taoism, elaborated in the extensive retroduction that follows the text. At the other end, the translation adheres in form to the structure of the target language, English. Since the Tao Teh Ching bears many of the structural characteristics of poetry--short lines, paucity of grammatical morphemes, elliptic expression--the translation also bear some resemblance to the poetic style of the original.









Downfall of a Jesuit

In the year 1731 of Our Lord, Jean-Baptiste Girard, a prominent Jesuit priest in Toulon, France was accused of debauching one of his young confessantes. Before one could say Domine Deus, everyone in the Provence, Paris and Rome jumped into the act. The Toulon diocesan hierarchy lined up behind the Jesuits, their court administrators and Counter-Reformation troopers. The Old Orders--Benedictine, Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites--saw a golden opportunity to get at the Society of Jesus, those privileged usurpers beholden to no one but the Pope. The investigating Church Magistrates soon transferred to the State courts. The Parliament of the Provence punted the case up to Paris. The Great Parliament in Paris punted right back to Aix. King Louis XV, at long last past his minority and seated on the throne, was livid at his Prime-Minister, Cardinal Fleury, an old ally of the Jesuits. Rome was playing both sides of the fence, biding its time as the Curia splintered into warring factions. Back in the Provence, it was a classic "he said, she said". No one could remain neutral. As the case spilled over into the public domain, the lawyers and pamphleteers took over. The protracted back-and-forth depositions were circulated widely; soon an enterprising Dutch publisher issued the entire Proceedings in two leather-bound vellums. Le Procès Girard-Cadiere became a cause célèbre, a legend--and an unsolved puzzle. In the seething cauldron of claims and counter-claims, the truth was irrevocably lost. What did HE really do? What did SHE consent to? Was he a saint--or a seducer, fornicator, abortionist, sorcerer and blasphemer? Was she an innocent postulant and would-be saint or an ambitious shameless hussy? The contemporary documents are contradictory, the testimony hopelessly polarized. Enter the novelist.