The Life and Times of A Legend

Book - 2010
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Joshua Blu Buhs traces the wild and woolly story of America's favourite homegrown monster. Writing with a scientist's scepticism, but an enthusiast's deep engagement, Buhs invests the story of Bigfoot with the detail and power of a novel, while at the same time explaining why the monster has inspired such a devoted following.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Branch Call Number: 001.944 BUH
Characteristics: xv, 279 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-267) and index.


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Feb 21, 2019

Truth is often stranger than fiction, and the searchers for Bigfoot may be more alien (or human) than the creature itself. This is a long-need sociological take on the Bigfoot phenomenon, tracing its origins through the present day infighting, claims/counterclaims, and videos/debunking videos. One quibble: Buhs is too harsh on skeptics of this pseudoscience, accusing them of merely being dismissive when in fact prominent skeptic Eugenie Scott stated many anthropologists would be thrilled at the discovery of a new ape, and Greg Long, who encountered the ire of Bigfoot believers by writing "The Making of Bigfoot: the Inside Story" on the dubious origins of the Patterson-Gimlin Film, said in an interview with Tom Biscardi (Bigfoot Live, November 2016) that he actually does think the creature could exist. Hey, look believers - Long did an excellent job (though he makes a crucial error and I disagree with his conclusion, but that's another review). However, for the newcomer to the Bigfoot legend and the seasoned believer or skeptic, this is an important study of how humans respond to a paranormal claim.

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