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Running After Antelope by Scott Carrier
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Feb 03, 2012

bookshelves: essays, journalistic-nonfiction
Read in February, 2012

I first heard about Scott Carrier when This American Life compiled several of his pieces—some of them authored for radio, others for the written word—into one sort of mixtape. I was at a weird point, pretty much broke, waiting for my work visa, just kicking around a rather seedy little Thai beach town that was trying to make its way onto the tourist map, and somewhere around sunset, I listened to these eerie, detached real life stories while sprawled out on a filthy beach in the shadow of an oil refinery.

Some of the essays in Running After Antelope are merely print versions of radio stories I’d heard before. Others are new to me. All of them are stunning. Scott Carrier has a remarkably distinctive voice, one that is deceptively simple and thoroughly deep. Behind every laconic phrase are a million lines of subtext.

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