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Seven Days Reviews UVM Professor’s Book on ‘Spiritual Trash’

Seven Days discusses “Spiritual American Trash,” UVM English professor Greg Bottoms’ latest work. In short biographies, Bottoms profiles “people who, despite or because of being saddled with illness and misfortune, had the urge to transform what we might deem debris into sculptures and shrines.” As one the people featured in the book, Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder, aka Frank Van Zant, explains: “I take nothing and make more nothing from nothing… it’s just what I have to do.” Read the story...