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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

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See the River

The River Sea: The Amazon in History, Myth, and Legend - Marshall De Bruhl

Either this book is fluffier than it seemed, or I know more about the Amazon than I thought I did -- I wouldn't say I was particularly up on this topic, but I knew practically all these stories except the Isabel Godin one, which was human interest rather than being of political or scientific importance.

I wish there had been more from the point of view of non-European experience of the region: pre-Columbian history, mythology, etc. Aside from a couple brief mentions of the Incas, this is old-school it-doesn't-exist-until-white-men-see-it history.