Ted Conover


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Ted Conover, a "master of experience-based narrative nonfiction" (Publisher's Lunch), is the author of many articles and five books including Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes, Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders with America's Mexican Migrants, Whiteout: Lost in Aspen, Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), and, most recently, The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today. He is a distinguished writer-in-residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University."

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Off-grid

For the past couple of years I reported “The Last Frontier,” the cover story of the August 2019 issue of Harper’s Magazine.





It’s a tale of alienation and ingenuity, politics and weed, and the possibilities of a frontier. I researched it by volunteering with an outreach group and by living off-grid myself over a couple of years, off and on, renting space for my small trailer from a family that is...

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Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

3.97 avg rating — 3,467 ratings — published 1999 — 27 editions
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Coyotes: A Journey Through ...

4.08 avg rating — 1,055 ratings — published 1987 — 6 editions
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Rolling Nowhere: Riding the...

4.01 avg rating — 775 ratings — published 1984 — 17 editions
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The Routes of Man: How Road...

3.77 avg rating — 569 ratings — published 2010 — 17 editions
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Whiteout: Lost in Aspen

3.46 avg rating — 229 ratings — published 1991 — 5 editions
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Immersion: A Writer's Guide...

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The Fair Ophelia

3.52 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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In My Grandfather's Footsteps

4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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Alaskan Journey

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Vorhof der Hölle. Undercove...

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“...what I'm getting at is like the distinction between tourist and a traveler. The tourist experience is superficial and glancing. The traveler develops a deeper connection with her surroundings. She is more invested in them -- the traveler stays longer, makes her own plans, chooses her own destination, and usually travels alone: solo travel and solo participation, although the most difficult emotionally, seem the most likely to produce a good story.”
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“...required for good fiction: character, conflict, change through time. And if you're really blessed, you get resolution. But life doesn't usually work out that way.”
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“Roads remain the essential network of the non-virtual world. They are the infrastructure upon which almost all other infrastructure depends. They are the paths of human endeavor.”
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