Desert Solitaire

Author: Edward Abbey
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671695886
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An account of the author's experiences, observations, and reflections as a seasonal park ranger in southeast Utah

Desert Cabal

Author: Amy Irvine
ISBN: 9781937226978
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As Edward Abbey''sDesert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness turns fifty, its iconic author, who has inspired generations of rebel-rousing advocacy on behalf of the American West, is due for a tribute as well as a talking to. InDesert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness, Amy Irvine admires the man who influenced her life and work while challenging all that is dated--offensive, even--between the covers of Abbey''s environmental classic. Irvine names and questions the "lone male" narrative--white and privileged as it is--that still has its boots planted firmly at the center of today''s wilderness movement, even as she celebrates the lens through which Abbey taught so many to love the wild remains of the nation. From Abbey''s quietnotion of solitude to Irvine''s roaring cabal, the desert just got hotter, and its defenders more nuanced and numerous. "A slim volume reminiscent of the mass-market paperback copies ofDesert Solitaire that so many of us have stuffed into a dusty backpack or stowed in the glove compartment on national park road trips... Irvine tells Abbey about climate change, fossil fuel dependence, and the environmental pickle in which we''ve found ourselves." --PACIFIC STANDARD "Abbey''s self-claimed country, Irvine says, is at risk for exactly the reasons he said it would be: greed, gasoline, and a gaping well of apathy. Preserving wilderness is even more important now than it was half a century ago, but the stakes aren''t as simple as he set them out to be.Desert Cabal has riled up some Abbey fans, but that''s exactly what makes it an important read." --OUTSIDE "A lyrical and raw conversation between Irvine and Abbey that is part tribute, part memoir, and part polemic. It''ll get you thinking about the state of the desert, the fate of the wilderness movement and the actions we all need to take to save the places we love (including leaving them alone)." --ADVENTURE JOURNAL "With humor, wisdom and a sense of urgency, Irvine usesDesert Solitaire as a jumping off point to assess the current state of the world, to expose the very human error of the literary heroes on dusty pedestals, and to reinsert many of us back into the narrative... No matter your feelings about Edward Abbey, Irvine''sDesert Cabal adds necessary depth to the dialogue. Many of us have been waiting years for that." --ALBUQUERQUE ALIBI "While Irvine shares the love Abbey, who died in 1989, had for Utah''s public lands, she contends some views and sentiments from his time need to be challenged. She points out privileges Abbey enjoyed as a white male; she questions his use of ''Abbey''s country.'' From Abbey''s first morning in the desert to his tale of a snake that guarded his campsite, Irvine questions and compares their experiences, including their failed marriages." --THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE "The Abbey whom Irvine is talking to is neither the author himself nor a corpse; he''s a literary ghost, one that has been living inside herself ever since she fell for his writing." --CATALYST "Fierce and clear--Irvine''s book effectively confronts the ritual of veneration and brings the reader closer to appreciating Abbey''s work in a more constructive, relevant and productive frame than what has been allowed in the last five decades." --THE UTAH REVIEW "This iconoclastic inner discussion with her predecessor, Abbey, is fascinating--wherein Irvine challenges Abbey to consider his myopic, privileged perspective without failing in her deference for his attempt to raise consciousness of an entire generation prior." --SLUG MAGAZINE "At once intimate and expansive...a reminder that individuals, even titans like Abbey, can only do so much to save the ''best places.'' It really does take a village (or cabal)." --TELLURIDE INSIDE AND OUT "A lyrical, raw and vulnerable conversation." --TELLURIDE DAILY PLANET "The news Irvine breaks graveside is that the world, and specifically ''Abbey''s country,'' has changed... and there''s no telling where [Abbey''s] sentiments would place him in a landscape that now includes Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter, a generation of female activists and the #MeToo movement." --SANTA FE REPORTER "Irvine gradually builds to a ringing conclusion, stating simply and clearly that wilderness lovers ''need intimacy with people every bit as much as with place'' and that ''going it alone is a failure of contribution and compassion.''" --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "A grief-stricken, heart-hopeful, soul song to the American Desert, a wail, a keening, a rant, a scolding, a tumult, a prayer, an aria, and a call to action. Amy Irvine implores us to trade in our solitude for solidarity, to recognize ourselves in each other and in the places we love, so that we might come together to save them. In this time of all out war being waged on America''s Public Lands, I''m glad she''s on my side." --PAM HOUSTON, author ofContents May Have Shifted "Amy Irvine is Ed Abbey''s underworld, her roots reaching into the dark, hidden water. In a powerful, dreamlike series of essays, she laysDesert Solitaire bare, looking back at the man who wrote the book and the desert left behind. This stream of consciousness, this conversation, this broadside is an alternate version of Abbey''s country. It is another voice in the wilderness." --CRAIG CHILDS, author ofAtlas of a Lost World andApocalyptic Planet“br /> "Ed Abbey''s rise to sainthood has been a bit awkward: here is an earth hero who guzzles gas in search of his personal Eden, a champion of the underdog who snubs Mexican and Native people, an anarchist rabble-rouser who utters not a peep about his perch atop the patriarchy. Finally someone--and it could be no better iconoclast than Amy Irvine--wrassles him off the pedestal back down to the red dirt where he belongs. Half riot, half tribute, this is a roadmap through a crisis that neither Abbey nor any of us imagined." --MARK SUNDEEN, author ofThe Man Who Quit Money andThe Unsettlers "If you''ve ever talked back to the canonical tomes of the environmental movement, this is a book for you. Here are the women, the people, the children, and the intimate dangers those old books so frequently erased. Here is a new and necessary ethic that might help us more openly love the land and the many living beings who share it. I found myself nodding--Yes! Yes! Thank you!--on nearly every page ofDesert Cabal." --CAMILLE T. DUNGY, author ofGuidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History and editor ofBlack Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry

The Wilderness Reader

Author: Frank Bergon
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874172508
Format: PDF, ePub
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The relationship of wilderness to civilization has been a major preoccupation of poets and novelists from Bryant to Faulkner. The cultural heritage developed out of a great deal of philosophizing, romanticizing and fantasizing about the wilderness. But for all the enthusiasm that accompanied its conquest, we have not necessarily developed an appreciation for the actual phenomenon of wilderness itself - its trees, bogs, snakes, rocks, wolves and dirt.

The Best of Edward Abbey

Author: Edward Abbey
Publisher: Rosetta Books
ISBN: 079531745X
Format: PDF
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A mix of fiction and essays by the author described as “the Thoreau of the American West” (Larry McMurtry, The Washington Post). Edward Abbey himself compiled this volume representing some of his greatest work—including selections from such novels as The Monkey Wrench Gang, The Brave Cowboy, and Black Sun, as well as a number of expressive and acerbic essays. Renowned for inspiring modern environmentalists—though his interests ranged as widely as the landscapes he loved—Abbey offers an entertaining introduction to his writing, including excerpts from the autobiographical Desert Solitaire, in addition to his own sketches illustrating the text throughout.

Bedrock and Paradox

Author: David M. Pozza
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820463308
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Rarely does an author so thoroughly entertain and anger his readers as Edward Abbey does. This book focuses on Abbey’s aesthetic and philosophy of paradox as they are reflected in his writings, and explores his literary technique of blurring traditional genres regarding fiction and nonfiction. Until now, no study has sufficiently treated the full complexity of Abbey’s writing throughout his career - making this particular work not only original, but important.

Down The River

Author: Edward Abbey
Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9780844672021
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Appalachian Wilderness

Author: Eliot Porter
Publisher: Bristol Park Books
ISBN: 9780884860129
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The photography of Eliot Porter captures the majestic beauty of the Appalachian wilderness. In the contrast, the harsh human history--the blighting force of today's industrial tourism, the sad fate of the Cherokee Indians, and the mountaineers--is sensitively recorded by Abbey. 45 color illustrations. $37.50 value.