Charles Bowden is a writer in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of 14 books, including Blood Orchid, Trust Me, and Juarez. This essay is excerpted from BLUES FOR CANNIBALS: The Notes from Underground, published by North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Copyright 2002 by Charles Bowden. All rights reserved. Bowden is also the author of The Book of Isaiah in Killing the Buddha’s forthcoming book, A Heretic’s Bible (The Free Press).