August 31, 2007 |
EDWARD ABBEY never took half measures. A champion of personal freedom over the tyranny of corporate perfidy and group-think, a lover and vocal defender of the unspoiled Western landscape, the novelist and essayist, who died in 1989 at age 62, was a full-bore insurrectionary in his life and art. That zealousness produced a rather large corpus of books, some of them better than others.
September 20, 2005 |
THE SAND SUCKS ME IN to my knees where I step, my boots dropping deeply into some kangaroo rat's living room. The scent of blooming primrose and verbena burdens an evening breeze, rose-sweet and heady, a contradiction in this desert place where El Camino del Diablo -- the Devil's Highway -- slashes across the underbelly of Arizona's Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.
May 25, 2004
Re "Wild Man" (May 18): It's been far too long since I've pored through "Desert Solitaire." It's good to be reminded that we should stand up for something that's right, something we believe in. Andrew Haystead Ventura In Edward Abbey's writings, I found a compadre in ideals and attitudes -- a brother-in-arms against environmental terrorism by government, industry and greed. J. B. Litvak Costa Mesa
May 18, 2004 |
An empty chair threw its shadow across the meadow: a tall-backed, scuffed, swivel writing chair, looming in its emptiness. The writing chair was one that Edward Abbey used. And when you know that, you can understand how long and how broad the shadow was. Only rarely, once every few generations or so, a figure rises to stand above others as inspirational guardian of America's defining heritage -- its raw, open outdoors.
May 18, 2004 |
For ME, DISCOVERING Ed Abbey was the spiritual equivalent of having Moby Dick breach in my living room, sloshing a shock of cold water into my sleepy eyes and sending big cresting waves rolling out and out in endlessly widening rings of people and epiphany and connection that continue to oxygenate and invigorate my life 15 years after the writer's death. "What was Abbey really like?" As a friend of the cigar-puffing, wolf-grinning, infamous "Cactus Ed," I get asked that question a lot.
December 21, 2003
Regarding the value of wilderness ("Finding Wilderness," by Frank Clifford, Nov. 30), perhaps Henry David Thoreau and Edward Abbey expressed it best. Abbey said: "I come more and more to the conclusion that wilderness, in America or anywhere else, is the only thing left that is worth saving." He also said: "Though men now possess the power to dominate and exploit every corner of the natural world, nothing in that fact implies that they have the right or the need to do so." William E. Mooz Santa Monica