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Posted by: atowhee | November 17, 2018

DESERT SOLITAIRE AND WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED

I’ve done previous writing about the 50th anniversary of that crucial flex point: the year of 1968.  One very important moment in the history of American conservation: publication that year of Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.

I can only imagine his brutal, honest opinions about climate change and killer forest fires and giant gas-ingesting SUVs on public lands and suburbs in the forest and the urge to shoot wolves to save cattle nobody needs and all the other stupidities of modern life in our arid west.

Here are some reflections on what Abbey said, what we could have learned, and where we are now:

Abbey was right says this author, Amy Irvine:   https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.19/books-edward-abbeys-warnings-were-right

Amy Irvine’s new book:

https://www.telluridenews.com/arts_and_entertainment/article_d09b7852-d8b0-11e8-bcff-8f9ff36329a3.html

Three Utah writers on Abbey’s legacy:

https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2018/10/21/my-own-desert-dialect/

LA times remembrance: http://www.latimes.com/books/la-ca-jc-desert-solitaire-20180209-story.html

Charles Bowden on Abbey: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/books/writing-off-the-grid-charles-bowden-on-edward-abbey/article_cf474677-656b-54a5-90b7-b4612a0c1104.html

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