Jul 22, 2010 at 3:15 am #1261457
Fantastic record of Edward Abbey talking about his favorite place. There are other videos to watch, too.Jul 22, 2010 at 7:14 am #1631286
adam blantonBPL Member
@adamallstarLocale: Central Texas
thank you for sharing!Jul 22, 2010 at 7:30 am #1631288
John NausiedaBPL Member
Great video. You may be interested in this DVD release of Lonely are the Brave. There are spoilers in the description so don't read it all. I saw it on VHS and it blew me away-this DVD release is great news.
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/37744/lonely-are-the-brave/Jul 22, 2010 at 8:18 am #1631300
Jay WilkersonBPL Member
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Very nice! Desert Solitaire was my first wilderness read- Its been down hill for me ever since and up!.. I really like his sense of humor.Jul 22, 2010 at 8:54 am #1631305
One of the highlights of my life was meeting him shortly before he died and having a twenty minute conversation with him about writing. He gave me some great advice and sealed my desire to be a nature writer/ photographer/ illustrator.
Here's an excerpt from one of my all time favorite books, Desert Solitaire.Jul 22, 2010 at 11:57 am #1631382
Mary DBPL Member
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Thanks, Miguel, what a treat! I've been an Abbey fan for years but never got to meet him.
My favorite part of Desert Solitaire (although it's hard to pick one; all of it is marvelous) is the dance of the mating snakes in Chapter 2.Jul 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm #1631528
I love the whole book, too, but one part I remember vividly is when he is alone and decides to clamber down some drop offs amidst the slickrock and discovers that he can't get back up. The way he wrote it still sends shivers down my spine.Jul 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm #1631541
W I S N E R !BPL Member
My favorite part of the book as well Miguel.Jul 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm #1631548
George MatthewsBPL Member
Thanks for the great video link.
Desert Solitaire one of my all time favorites.
A quote from him that I like:
The real work of men was hunting meat. The invention of agriculture was a giant step in the wrong direction, leading to serfdom, cities, and empire. From a race of hunters, artists, warriors, and tamers of horses, we degraded ourselves to what we are now: clerks, functionaries, laborers, entertainers, processors of information.
– Edward AbbeyAug 5, 2010 at 4:16 am #1635014
Scott IrelandBPL Member
@winterwarlockLocale: Western NY
It's impossible to read that excerpt from Desert Solitaire and not feel like you're there, with the cold wind, the coming dawn…while reading it I can even imagine the steam from a cup of joe and my breath in the morning air.
Abbey was an icon, for sure.
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