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  • 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 ›

  • Manifest Destiny

    ONE OF THE PENALTIES OF AN ECOLOGICAL EDUCATION IS THAT ONE LIVES ALONE IN A WORLD OF WOUNDS. — ALDO LEOPOLD   The landscape of 19th century America, the landscape that produced Abbey, Carson, and Leopold, was markedly different from… Read More ›

  • Abbey, Carson, and Leopold: An Introduction

    I HAVE READ MANY DEFINITIONS OF WHAT IS A CONSERVATIONIST, AND WRITTEN NOT A FEW MYSELF, BUT I SUSPECT THAT THE BEST ONE IS WRITTEN NOT WITH A PEN, BUT WITH AN AXE. IT IS A MATTER OF WHAT A… Read More ›

  • Five Minds for the Future

    Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner (2008) For years I’ve used Howard Gardner’s seminal essay, “Multiple Intelligences,” in my freshman composition courses. It’s a fine example of the comparison-contrast mode of expository writing using a point-by-point structure; moreover,… Read More ›

  • Understanding Media

    Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man Critical Edition by Marshall McLuhan (1964) Edited by W. Terrence Gordon (2003) In this, the book that catapulted him to the world stage of philosophic frontiers, McLuhan looks to the likes of W.B. Yeats,… Read More ›