Best of Outside The First 20 Years

ISBN-10: 0375703136

ISBN-13: 9780375703133

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Description: The man-eating proclivities of Komodo dragons.  The complicated art of being a cowgirl. A picaresque ramble with a merry band of tree-cleaners.  The big-wave crusaders of the world's best surfers.  For the past twenty years, Outside magazine has set the standard for original and engaging reports on travel, adventure, sports, and the environment. Along the way, many of America's  best journalists and storytellers--including such writers as Jon Krakauer, Tim Cahill, E. Annie Proulx, Edward Abbey, Thomas McGuane, David Quammen, and Jane Smiley--have made the magazine a venue for some of their most compelling work.  The Best of Outside represents the finest the award-winning magazine has to offer: thirty stories that range from high action to high comedy.  Whether it's Jonathan Raban sailing the open sea, Susan Orlean celebrating Spain's first female bullfighter, or Jim Harrison taking the wheel on a cross-country road trip, each piece can be characterized in a word: unforgettable.  Commemorating Outside magazine's twentieth anniversary, The Best of Outside is one of the most entertaining and provocative anthologies of the decade.

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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Edward Abbey was born January 29, 1927 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Home. After military service in Naples, Italy, from 1945-47, he enrolled in Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a year before traveling to the West. He fell in love with the desert Southwest and eventually attended the University of New Mexico, where he obtained both graduate and post-graduate degrees. Abbey was a Fulbright Fellow from 1951-52. Abbey was an anarchist and a radical environmentalist; these positions are reflected in his writings. His novel Fire on the Mountain won the Western Heritage Award for Best Novel in 1963. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, considered by many to be his best work, is nonfiction that reflects Abbey's love for the American Southwest and draws on his experiences as a park ranger. Among his best-known works are The Brave Cowboy (1956), The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975), and The Fool's Progress (1988). In 1966 The Brave Cowboy was made into a movie titled Lonely Are the Brave, starring Kirk Douglas. Two collections of essays have been published since his death in 1989: Confessions of a Barbarian in 1994 and The Serpents of Paradise the following year. In 1987, Abbey was offered the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, but he declined. Abbey died in March 1989, near Tucson, Arizona, from complications following surgery. He did not want a traditional burial but rather requested to be buried in the Arizona desert, where he could nourish the earth which had been the subject of so many of his works.

Introduction
The Sporting Life
The Heart of the Game
The Last Pork Chop
La Matadora Revisa Su Maquillaje (The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup)
Into Thin Air
The Call of the Hunt
Dave Scott, Mere Mortal
Cowgirls All the Way
Life Among the Swells
Why Do We Fish?
The King of the Ferret Leggers
Private Landscapes
The High Cost of Being David Brower
Keeping America's Trees Safe from Small-Curd Bubble Wrap
Moments of Doubt
Voyage of the Smithereens
The Skiing Life
Peruvian Gothic
At Sea
Eternal Bliss or Bust
Everybody Comes to Belize
The Blackfoot Years
The World Out There
It's a Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun Country
There Must Be a God in Haiti
A Reflection on White Geese
Today Many Problems
Torched
Humble Is the Prey
Overthrust Dreams
The Big Buzz
The Storm
Going Places
No Cannibal Jokes, Please
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