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Always the Mountains Hardcover – November 11, 2002

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"Rothenberg's mountain excursions are absolutely the best since Thoreau's Katahdin and Muir's The Mountains of California. His prose is effortless, yet anchored in granitic truth. Truly an inspiring alternative to the 'peak bagging,' heroic mountain climber tales that dominate the market. Every climber should read this book."--Max Oelschlaeger, author of The Idea of Wilderness

“Whatever David Rothenberg touches becomes a surprise exploration, an unexpected point of engagement where he invites us to a deeper way of thinking about our place on the planet. He is a musician, a philosopher, a writer, and above all, an alchemist."--Terry Tempest Williams

"Years ago, I decided that I would never get to the center of things unless I went to the edge. David Rothenberg has changed my mind. He takes us on a leap off the edge and convinces me that this act is our only hope of finally getting some solid ground underneath our souls."--Charles Bowden, author of Blues for Cannibals

"If you love to ponder our subtly nuanced relationships with all that surrounds us, this book is for you."--David Keller, Catalyst

"Stirring . . . Rothenberg explores our evolving attitudes-in literature, in philosophy—toward the lofty peaks that surround and inspire us.”--Jim Motavalli, E Magazine

"Reading Always the Mountains is like hiking a trail with both friend and mentor, with every step a new discovery and subsequent, exciting conversation."--Terrain

“Rothenberg is concerned with what it means to be human, both in and out of nature; what it means to remove ourselves from nature, yet strive to preserve it. . . . Rothenberg's writing is by turns challenging, poetic, insightful."--Todd Paul, Chronogram

"Engaging and profound, Always the Mountains marries information and imagination.”--Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence

About the Author

David Rothenberg is a philosopher, musician, and writer. He is the author of Why Birds Sing, which will be published in five languages and has been turned into a BBC television series. His other books include Sudden Music (Georgia), Hand's End, and Blue Cliff Record. His essays have appeared in such publications as Parabola, the Nation, Wired, Dwell, Sierra, and Orion. Rothenberg's five CDs, on which he plays clarinet, include Before the War and Bangalore Wild. Rothenberg is a professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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I am a writer, musician, and philosopher, most interested in how humanity is connected with the natural world. I have explored this connection in music and words, in recordings, books, lectures and performances.

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