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The Best of Outside: The First 20 Years (Vintage Departures) [Kindle Edition]

Outside Magazine Editors
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The man-eating proclivities of Komodo dragons.  The complicated art of being a cowgirl. A picaresque ramble with a merry band of tree-cleaners.  The big-wave crusaders of the world's best surfers.  For the past twenty years, Outside magazine has set the standard for original and engaging reports on travel, adventure, sports, and the environment.

Along the way, many of America's  best journalists and storytellers--including such writers as Jon Krakauer, Tim Cahill, E. Annie Proulx, Edward Abbey, Thomas McGuane, David Quammen, and Jane Smiley--have made the magazine a venue for some of their most compelling work.  The Best of Outside represents the finest the award-winning magazine has to offer: thirty stories that range from high action to high comedy.  Whether it's Jonathan Raban sailing the open sea, Susan Orlean celebrating Spain's first female bullfighter, or Jim Harrison taking the wheel on a cross-country road trip, each piece can be characterized in a word: unforgettable.  Commemorating Outside magazine's twentieth anniversary, The Best of Outside is one of the most entertaining and provocative anthologies of the decade.

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Editorial Reviews Review

For two decades Outside magazine has remained committed to good writing, publishing feature articles from well-known authors on a variety of topics connected (in sometimes obscure yet fascinating ways) to the outdoors, adventure, travel, and just about anything else that happens beyond the confines of the mall. The most memorableof these pieces are collected in a single anthology, The Best of Outside: Tom McGuane offers compelling reasons to hunt; Jonathan Raban discusses life on the open ocean; Barry Lopez considers the graceful and beleaguered flocks of snow geese that once filled the skies. Also included are the original articles from Jon Krakauer and Sebastian Junger that would expand into their bestselling books Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm, respectively.

From Library Journal

Celebrating 20 years in publication, the editors of Outside magazine glean here 31 of the best pieces that have appeared in its pages. This book glitters with the prose of writers such as Edward Abbey, Thomas McGuane, E. Annie Proulx, and Jane Smiley. Each essay concerns the writer's encounters and interactions with nature. Abbey shares a 1984 experience in the Alaskan wilderness in "The Last Pork Chop." Ian Frazier writes of how he and two friends pondered the problem of removing plastic bags from the tops of trees in New York City. Having devised a solution, they debagged the city and headed west for the Mississippi (where the floods of 1993 had left a devastating trail of debris in the treetops) and began their quest for "Keeping America's Trees Safe from Small Curd Bubble Wrap." Highly recommended for public libraries and academic libraries with browsing collections.?Sandra Knowles, Univ. of South Carolina Sch. of Medicine
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (September 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043EWVG0
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ferret-legging, you must read this May 28, 2000
Years and years ago an office-mate brought in a copy Outside magazine with an article on "Ferret-legging," and read to all of us. By the end of it we were dying with laughter. I made a xerox, which I saved for years, until I finally made the mistake of loaning to a friend (ex, now, obviously) WHO DID NOT RETURN IT.
Now this compendium of Outside's comes out, and blessed Mary mother of God, it includes the ferret-legging piece.
You must buy this, flip to "King of the ferret-leggers," and read the piece. You'll thank me, honest you will.
And I'm told there're some other stories in here as well. Think of them as gravy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Interesting and Varied Stories August 3, 1999
By A Customer
Not just ordinary stories about the outdoors. There are stories on hunting, fly fishing, female bull-fighters, surfing in Hawaii, sailing, training for the Hawaii Ironman, climbing and my two favorites "ferret-legging" and "bag-snagging." You will find yourself reading about subjects you would not ordinarily choose to read but enjoy such stories anyway. If you have any interest in the outdoors you should read this book. There are about 40-50 stories by different authors on varied activities. Incls. the articles that became Into Thin Air (very good) and The Perfect Storm (not so good).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb writing about superb adventures August 5, 1999
This book posits that a well-written account of an adventure can be just as much fun as the actual, original experience, and the book's contributors, all with sterling credentials (published books, New Yorker work, etc.), do not disappoint. The writing quality is such that I found myself avidly reading through stories about pastimes I don't enjoy and hardly consider -- hunting, flyfishing, etc. -- and enjoying them nonetheless, drawn in by the enticing quality of the writing. Some of the pure adventure works may not be great literature, but, then, not everything enjoyable in life is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out and About February 3, 2002
Thanks to Outside magazine, which has been systematically cultivating a stable of fine writers for years now, we have a collection of what I'll call the "nouveau adventure" genre. Yes, there are traditional, edge-of-your-seat adventure stories by familiar names like Jon Krakauer, Sebastian Junger and Dave Roberts, but to me the real pleasure of reading this book is derived from pieces like Ian Frazier's "Keeping America's Trees Safe from Small-Curd Bubble Wrap," and Randy Wayne White's "Why Do We Fish?" Their topics are just a bit off the wall, poke gentle fun at the human condition, and still manage to offer some real insight into subjects that most of us would never have thought of.
I have also savored the several pieces in the anthology that touch a deeper chord. "The High Cost of Being David Bower," a sensitive portrait of a man literally driven by the urgency of his dream, and "The Blackfoot Years," dealing with the importance of a river to the lives of a family that has had to cope with tragedy, are two favorites.
Here you will find adventure of all kinds, insightful social commentary, high risk moments, and just enough oddball humor to keep you entertained for hours. Like other readers, I find myself returning to this collection just for the fun and pleasure of rereading my favorites. Many thanks to Outside for having the vision and sense to give these authors a home in print.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and re-read July 25, 2001
I must have re-read this book for the twentieth time by now. And I already have this whole stack of Outside magazines on the shelf! Every time I read this book I would discover something interesting and new between the lines and in the stories -- whether it's emotional, descriptive or implied. I feel terrified when I read Krakauer's take on the Everest accident; inspired by the story on David Brower and his environmental stand; and I laughed myself silly with The King of the Ferret Leggers. In short, this book take me through the whole gamut of emotions. It's a great compilation and an even greater buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Best Travel Writing Collection January 30, 2008
Briefly: This is an absolutely amazing collection of travel writing, perhaps the paragon collection of the genre. Honestly, there are no duds here (and there are a lot of essays here), with stellar writing and captivating stories across the board. A fantastic travel companion that, like one reviewer said, is a bear to read: though it's "only" 400-some pages, they use a tiny font and almost zero margins, so you get an incredible amount of reading, and it's all superb. I've read nothing better in the genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 20 Years of Outside October 19, 2010
This book contains the kind of excellent writing Outside magazine USED to be known for! As it turned out, Outside's first 20 years were it's best 20 years. All the great writers are here: Tim Cahill, Edward Abbey, David Quammen, and others. Sadly, Outside magazine is now a mediocre ghost of what it used to be. It's now just a gritty boys' magazine where young, male extreme sports afficionados can get their pictures taken and have bragging rights, and where manufacturers of macho, envrionment-destroying machines can advertise; and the only time women are featured now is when they are either nude or barely dressed. Sad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exhilerating July 5, 2013
By John S.
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love travel writing? love adventure writing? Sports writing? Well, this book has it all. Collected essays from the magazine, the best of the best were chosen and make for an excellent book.
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