Author Archives

  • 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 ›

  • Origins II: George W. Hayduke

    We meet Hayduke: Vietnam veteran, conservationist, anarchist, comic book hero. One of four central characters in The Monkey Wrench Gang, Hayduke served two tours in Abbey’s army and inspired a movement. We meet him on a mission against all that… Read More ›

  • DESERT SOLITAIRE Critique

    Much to the surprise, even dismay, of its author, Desert Solitaire has lived to become Edward Abbey’s best loved book. First published in 1968, it temporarily lapsed into obscurity before revivification by Simon & Schuster in 1971. It has lain… Read More ›

  • Bedrock and Paradox

    Night falls upon the Arches as Abbey leaves for the winter, called away by some unnameable, irresistible urge to fraternize with others of his own kind. Like the tumbleweeds, he must follow this impulse to fly, to be carried away… Read More ›

  • Polemic: Industrial Tourism and the National Parks

    In this hilariously modest proposal, Edward Abbey defines his character before launching into an argument against the invasion of the automobile in our most sacred places: our National Parks. While not a few of his ideas are actually under consideration,… Read More ›

  • The First Morning

    Abbey describes his arrival at Arches National Monument as a genesis, a place where the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. He awakens from sleep to a goal of discovering the… Read More ›

  • Origins: Cactus Ed

    MAY ALL YOUR TRAILS BE CROOKED, WINDING, LONESOME, DANGEROUS, LEADING TO THE MOST AMAZING VIEW, WHERE SOMETHING STRANGE AND MORE BEAUTIFUL AND MORE FULL OF WONDER THAN YOUR DEEPEST DREAMS WAITS FOR YOU. — Edward Abbey (1927-1989)   Edward Paul… Read More ›