New from Christopher Shaw:
"We get the archetypes we deserve."
Christopher Shaw met Jon Cody in 1972 when he moved to Stony Creek, New York, a remote hamlet in the southern Adirondacks. Their close and sometimes rocky friendship lasted until Cody's death in 2015.
In this sprawling, at times piercingly honest and direct memoir, Shaw recounts how Cody, the older one-armed dope dealer and fine leather craftsman, exasperated, supported, and goaded him, and how he found only late in their time together how Cody held the key to one of Shaw's greatest childhood mysteries.
What starts reading like a quaint regional narrative soon takes a number of surprising turns. It all takes place in the Adirondack backcountry and tourist meccas, enlivened by scenes from its wilds and its barrooms, and by the often confused expressions of love between men.
“Perhaps because of his years in the wilderness – both literally and figuratively – Shaw is one of our finest naturalists. His precise but imagistic descriptions of weather, skies, water, landscapes, plants and animals and their ways help make “The Crazy Wisdom” a joy to read, just as they enriched Shaw’s Adirondack novel, “The Power Line.” Both books deserve an audience beyond the Blue Line, but whether they find one or they don’t, they are permanent contributions to the literature of the Adirondacks and to our stock of knowledge about the region.”
- Anthony Hall, Lake George Mirror
has been a writer, editor, and teacher for forty years.
Shaw is the former editor of Adirondack Life Magazine and his fiction, memoir, journalism, essays, and book length non-fiction have focused largely but not exclusively on aspects of place and its influence on character and ideas, most often having to do with the Adirondack region of northern New York.