New West Reader
Essays on an Ever-Evolving Frontier
Edited by Philip Connors
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New West Reader by Philip Connors
Book DescriptionThe West is vital to the myth of America. It is where radical individualism and beautiful landscapes merge in a sort of earthly paradise. Or so we've been led to believe by cinematic and literary mythmakers. There is, however, a counter-narrative put forth by writers such as Joan Didion and Mike Davis, who argue that the myths of the West met their end on California's golden shores some time ago, in ecological catastrophe and social anomie. Between these visions lies another West where contradictions abound. No other part of the country is as undeveloped; yet no other part of the country contains urban areas that are growing as quickly, where there are struggles over the West's most precious commodity, water; over how to manage and maintain wilderness; over the pace and character of the sprawl that threatens to turn Denver and Phoenix into inland LA's. Amid these struggles, individuals still try to create a place for themselves that allows for a connection to the landscape and a connection to some form of community. The New West Reader explores the conflicts and contractions that make up the contemporary West with writing by Larry McMurtry, Sherman Alexie, Edward Abbey, and others.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781560256489
(210mm x 140mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Nation Books
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Philip Connors
All the Wrong Places, Hardback (March 2015)
The prize-winning author of Fire Season returns with the heartrending story of his troubled years before finding solace in the wilderness.
Fire Season, Paperback / softback (March 2012)» View all books by Philip Connors
For nearly a decade, Connors spent half the year in a 7-foot x 7-foot tower, 10,000 feet above sea level in remote New Mexico, keeping watch over the Gila National Forest, one of the most fire-prone areas in the country. "Fire Season" is his remarkable reflection on work, man's place in the wild, and the charms of solitude.
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