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Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
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For better or for worse, Edward Abbey become a hero of mine many years ago at the age of 17 when I first read Desert Solitaire. More than any other book, this book shaped my philosphical and political attitudes towards the environment. I must admit that I have mellowed with age, I no longer think that it would be great to blow up Glen Canyon Dam, ( I actually enjoy Lake Powell too much) but the desert soutwest is one of my favorite places on earth. Most people do not understand how anyone could love such a barren brown dry place. Most of the time even my family (parents brothers etc) think that my wife and kids and I are crazy for spending soo much time down there. I feel that more than almost anyplace on earth it is home. Just as Abbey says, If you get out of your car, crawl over the rocks and cacti, get lost bleed and nearly die from dehydration, perhaps you will understand. Better yet, just stay away from my desert!!!!!
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David Johnson I think we all mellow out, or perhaps moderate our views with age. There is always more to an issue than one argument leads the masses to believe. I think that goes for environmentalists on one side and big business zealots on the other.

I need to borrow this book from you sometime. By sometime I mean within the next five years. Just look at my to-read list.


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