It is Mills' yearning to understand his son that takes him down into those caves like the archaeologists who study the art there. "Yearning ... requires a humble imagination, the need to dedicate all of our ways of knowing to discerning with discipline and keen sight the makers and the nature of their making ... [I]t is easy to succumb to the belief that difference signals the impossibility of full and meaningful connection ..."
Yet Mills continues to devote his considerable abilities to finding that connection. His effort makes this one of the bravest books you will read this year.
Bruce Mills reads from An Archaeology of Yearning at Literati on May 7.
[Originally published in May, 2014.]