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the phalanxes of corn marching by your car window have broken ranks. If someone has clued you in, told you a tallgrass secret, you’ll be on the lookout for an unassuming sign amid the cornscape. The sign flags a tiny public parking lot for Nachusa Grasslands. Amble away from the road, away from the cornscape, past the sign— a few dozen feet down the trail, a world thousands of years old awaits. I drive to Nachusa with bison, not corn, on my mind. These iconic prairie mammals, once flowing like roiling muddy rivers across Desire Lines Desire Lines 143 America

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1 Introduction Why Desire? Desire is everywhere— everywhere recognized, displayed, discussed, and drawn upon. It is so much part of our lives, so deeply entrenched in our bodies and minds— so “hard wired” into our brains, some would say— that we cannot imagine a life without it, indeed, cannot imagine what it could mean to live without experiencing its force and appeal, but also the conflicts and struggles it gives rise to. The law of desire is one by which we live. It seems to play a crucial part in our understanding of who we are, our sense of self, and

Farley and Linda Hol- ler have uncovered a pattern in abusers that, they say, af- flicts us all: a hungry desire that reaches out to grab and possess the good in an effort to fill up the aching empti- ness inside us, repeating the action addictively although, each time, the goodness trickles out of our clenched fin- gers like dry sand. We cannot manage to learn the para- dox that grasping at good things—pleasures, people, even simple relief—cannot fill this longing or quash pain; that these good things can be a comfort and a joy to us only if we delight in them as