Author Archives

  • Flood Tide

    Fly, swim, and stroll through the food web along the shores of the eastern seaboard as Carson takes us on a guided tour of the wildlife resident there—including Homo sapiens. Read “Flood Tide” in Under the Sea-Wind by Rachel Carson

  • A Sense of Wonder: Rachel Carson

    MOST OF US WALK UNSEEING THROUGH THE WORLD, UNAWARE ALIKE OF ITS BEAUTIES, ITS WONDERS, AND THE STRANGE AND SOMETIMES TERRIBLE INTENSITY OF THE LIVES THAT ARE BEING LIVED ABOUT US. — Rachel Carson (1907-1964) A sense of wonder held the… Read More ›

  • Edward Abbey’s Legacy — The Buzzard

    Edward Abbey is now remembered as a militant environmentalist, an environmental writer, even a nature writer, but that is most certainly not how he saw himself. In his mind he was only a writer. His sister Nancy, quoted by James… Read More ›

  • A Writer’s Credo

    Abbey lays out the foundation of his philosophy as a writer in this no-holds-barred exhortation to stand up and state your convictions — tell us what you really think. Credo is Latin for “I believe.” What follows is the writer’s… Read More ›

  • Eco-Defense

    In this, his strongest statement for the protection of wilderness through monkeywrenching, ecoterrorism or, as he calls it, eco-defense, Abbey abandons fiction and bigger than life characters to proclaim revolution in the woods. First he masterfully argues for the right… Read More ›

  • The Monkey Wrench Gang Critique

    The Monkey Wrench Gang is one of those rarities in literature: a novel that spawns a movement, literally comes to life. What William Gibson’s science fiction has done for cyberspace and virtual lives based on networked computing, Edward Abbey’s works… Read More ›

  • Strangers in the Night

    Hayduke and Abbzug monkeywrench some of the equipment used in the clear-cutting operation. Under Bonnie’s distracted watch, Hayduke is surprised by none other than Jack Burns, Abbey’s ubiquitous cowboy hero. Read “Strangers in the Night” in The Monkey Wrench Gang… Read More ›

  • Martin Luther’s Theology of the Cross

    This twenty-sixth day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand five hundred and eighteen Dr. Luther glanced over his shoulder again.  Nobody there.  The road from Wittenberg to Heidelberg was always hazardous to one traveling alone—thugs and… Read More ›

  • The American Logging Industry: Plans and Problems

    Here we meet the feminine conscience of the Monkey Wrench Gang, Bonnie Abbzug, as she and Hayduke go camping after saying a temporary farewell to comrades Seldom Seen Smith and Doc Sarvis. Read “The American Logging Industry: Plans and Problems”… Read More ›

  • But Not Yet

    St. Augustine and Refusal of the Call St. Augustine was born Aurelius Augustinus in Algeria, in the north of Africa, in the year of our Lord three hundred and fifty-four.  His understanding of the world, our relationship with God, and… Read More ›