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In his passionate defense of wilderness and wild ness Edward Abbey is always worth reading for those who value a wolf's howl than the ka chink of a cash register and no matter what the subject Cactus Ed always shoots from the hip This collection of essays is no different and contains the invaluable A Writer's Credo wherein Abbey tells would be scribes to rock the boat and make a stand else the noble craft is reduced to a mess of pottage and the muse has no reason for staying


10 thoughts on “One Life at a Time Please

  1. says:

    From stories about cattlemen fellow critics his beloved desert cities and technocrats to thoughts on sin and redemption this is one of our most treasured writers at the height of his powersThis was a real treat for me I adore Edward Abbey and really enjoyed getting a small tour through his thoughts and philosophies Ten thousand years of human history demonstrate that our freedoms cannot be entrusted to those ambitious few who are drawn to power we must learn again to govern ourselves Anarchism does not mean 'no rule' it means 'no rulers' Difficult but not utopian anarchy means and requires self rule self discipline probity characterI've never been drawn to anarchy but I've never heard it defined in such terms before and it seems to me this definition bears a good deal of thinking about Certainly we live in a time when our leaders and our government seem to defy the will of the people but we count ourselves lucky to be living in such a regime Would self rule characterized by self discipline probity and character be possible? Currently I think we would be likely to say no but it's worth thinking about isn't it?


  2. says:

    The book is divided into four parts Politics Travel Books and Art and Nature Love just one short bit on predator hunting calls and littering The Politics section is as expected deep insights into Abbey's anarchic views some founded in legitimate reason others in a bit of selfish or humanistic lunacy but well argued and coherent often difficult to be critical of Highlights from the section include Arizona How Big is Big Enough? Eco Defense the forward to Bill Haywood and Dave Foreman's Ecodefense As always Abbey uses his youth in Appalachia and coming of age in the American Southwest as a mode of transport through his political view In Travel the true Abbey or the Abbey so many of has fallen in love with comes out While A San Francisco Journal is a bit of a slog it's refreshing to hear him speak of somehwere out of the Four Corners Region However the highlight of Travel and One Life At A Time Please are the stories within this section journals from Abbey's journies throughout said Four Corners with various troops of characters in Lake Powell by Houseboat Abbey travels arounf the canyons of Lake Powell with a group of geologist on a field course reminiscent of Desert Solitaire and possibly inspiring the tales withing Monkey Wrench Gang River of No Return finds Abbey farther north in Idaho with a group of river runners diving into the history of the Salmon River in Idaho and the largest remaining expanse of unpaved wilderness in America Yet for the truest sense of Desert Solitaire we have Big Bend Big Bend details a short camping trip into the Texas national park with Jack Loeffler one of Abbey's best friends and kindred spirits The book then progresses into Books and Art and while the whole section is worth reading for any students of Abbey the chapters within are those in which Abbey himself was studious to they don't have much staying power being the original read aside from the interview with Joseph Wood Krutch in his final days While the two share completely different backgrounds many ideologies are shared and one can see where much of Abbey's origins were conceived Unfortunately other writings in this section including Emerson and The Future of Sex are damn near unreadableThe essential Abbey is here with the stories of deserts and landscapes outside of Utah and Arizona yet the filler material is often excessively preachy and to some will be offensive While there is plenty of excellent writing here it is far from Abbey's best For a true Abbey scholar or fan it's necessary part of the journey


  3. says:

    Picked this up in a bookstore in Moab UT this summer They had a whole display of Abbey's works an author who I thought maybe ? I had heard of I decided to try this collection of his essays instead of one of his novels He was a helluva writer who lived in and loved the four corners region of the US He died in the 1980s his essays are somehow both prescient and timeless Not for everyone tho the man is opinionated and holds nothing back I get the impression his novels read the same way I want to try one and find out


  4. says:

    Edward Abbey was an excellent writer His convictions cared not for gray areas To him the gray was nothing then a reason for foolish apathy And yet the man knew that black and white were impossible absolutes in the grand world of human ideas We are far too me first to think of that which is universal To Abbey the universal is God as Nature Abbey had a powerful vocabulary it was strong intellectually literate and poetic His travel writings took you there engaging all the senses held within our own imagination His politics backed up his love of Nature with decisive conviction His ideas on books and art were fueled with Emerson's ideas of beauty that Abbey completely understood The man was well balanced when it came to knitting transcendental and physical visions together with a hunting riffle The man had a practical outlook For its final hundred miles rapidly diminishing in volume the Rio Grand again becomes the servant of humankind nourishing another belt of cotton plantations oilfields citrus groves and many towns and citiesFinally it twists and turns across a broad delta no longer a river but only a little stream to rejoin the source of all rivers the open sea There under the power planet of the sun the clouds are forming day and night to carry the precious water vapor back to the mountain once again completing the circle A river like truth flows on forever and has no endSo say the Chinese pg 157


  5. says:

    My second read of Ed Abbey's collection of thoughts on life nature government literature and miscellany reveals contradiction and vulnerability that I missed in the first breathless worshipful read some fifteen years ago It is a changed reader that now chaffs at Ed's calls for anarchy as the maximum form of democracy while only a few pages away he pleads for a dystopian world in which an all powerful government halts immigration enacts draconian sterilization campaigns to cull the weak and purges all interlopers from wilderness areas Populist Malthusian Ed didn't seem to know what he wanted He nails some of our modern problems that Bernie and others have since brought to the fore of political debate then lurches into the xenophobia and parochial simple mindedness of Trump these are my dominant lenses today Ed's succinct comparison of the Soviet Union SU and the US is even brutally on target today Government controls industry in the SU industry controls government in the US Then there are passages on nature and relationships that bring tears to my eyes such as We will return someday Isn't that what we always think as we hurry on rushing toward the inane infinity of our unnameable desires? Isn't that what we always say?


  6. says:

    Not my favorite Abbey and certainly hand picked out which essays I read from this collection His journals about traveling nature areas are his strongest points I feel This seemed to be a collection of his older work and to a certain point I felt got a bit jaded Could also be that I had taken a fair amount of his work out from the library recently 25 stars


  7. says:

    A series of essays divided among politics travel and books art as usual the politics and travel sections contain classic Abbey— rants against growth and the myth of “progress” travels in the desert and on riversmy favorite essays were Theory of Anarchy Arizona How Big is Big Enough? A San Francisco Journal Big Bend A Writer’s Credo


  8. says:

    He likes to push people's buttons and he succeeded in that here


  9. says:

    But then again nothing can compare to Desert Solitaire now can it?


  10. says:

    Abbey at his best if most controversial After all Immigration and Liberal Taboos is the notorious piece The one in which he sullies an otherwise remarkable body of work And not because immigration is an issue unworthy of discussion but precisely because of the racist way he goes about arguing the case for population control His classification of poor Latin American immigrants as culturally morally generically impoverished people is astonishingly obtuse for anyone but especially someone who identifies as an anarchist His description of the US boat submerged in the Caribbean Latin version of civilization stifled by the alien mode of life immigrants bring runs counter to everything else he writes As someone who recognized the hypocrisy of elites political and economic and who railed eloquently against the corrosive power of capitalism Ed Abbey knew better I suspect this essay grew out of Ed's fondness for provocation than his flair for cutting through bullshit Sorry Ed but this piece the one you call your favorite of this collection is just that bullshitApart from that one blip that cost Abbey many alliances and which he later regretted privately at least according to Cahalan's biography is stellar including his reading of Steinem's ostensible radicalism mere mild reformism and Emerson who may have been a bore but he was a brave and honest bore Writer's Credo is an inspired piece of work and I wasn't surprised to see Noam Chomsky invoked at one point The piece reminds me a bit of Chomsky's On the Responsibility of Intellectuals or at least the message is along the same lines In Ed it's the writer in Chomsky the intellectual who has a responsibility to expose charlatans and because it's easier to do in the US that it is in many parts of the world to take bold positions in opposition to entrenched power This is the Abbey I love the courageous no bullshit advocate for freedom and justice delivered like a punch to the face in tight humorous and passionate prose