The Zero Meter Diving Team -- Proto-scorpions of the Silurian -- Hadrian's wall -- Trample the dead, hurdle the weak -- Ancestral legacies -- Pleasure boating in Lituya Bay -- The first South Central Australian Expedition -- My Aeschylus -- Eros 7 -- Courtesy for beginners -- Sans farine.
"Like You'd Understand, Anyway reaches from Chernobyl to Bridgeport, with a host of narrators only Shepard could bring to pitch-perfect life. Among them: a middle-aged Aeschylus taking his place at Marathon, still vying for parental approval. A maddeningly indefatigable Victorian explorer hauling his expedition, whaleboat and all, through the Great Australian Desert in midsummer. The first woman in space and her cosmonaut lover, caught in the star-crossed orbits of their joint mission. Two Texas high school football players at the top of their food chain, soliciting their fathers' attention by leveling everything before them on the field. And the rational and compassionate chief executioner of Paris, whose occupation, during the height of the Terror, eats away at all he holds dear"--Publisher website (November 2007).