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By Gary Holthaus, Charles F. Wilkinson, University Of Colorado

ISBN-10: 0870813005

ISBN-13: 9780870813009

The results of extraordinary meetings held through the guts of the yankee West on the collage of Colorado, A Society to compare the surroundings is a various selection of essays at the way forward for the yankee West from some of the region’s such a lot proficient writers, activists, politicians, attorneys, poets, newshounds, environmentalists, and historians. occasionally in contract, occasionally in rivalry, those considerate and inventive voices support us to work out the West in all its complicated variety and remind us that this decade is one during which possibilities should be discovered for a brand new and higher Western event. individuals to this quantity comprise Wallace Stegner, William Kittredge, Bruce Babbitt, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Terry Tempest Williams, Charles F. Wilkinson, Edward Dorn, and Walter Echo-Hawk, between many others.

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That Big Trailer over there is where the Mayor lives, pole light on all night, prowling dogs, cringe and slobber for an ankle to crushnot the friend of Everyman. All this would be on a hill but there ain't none. Gay Johnson installations on both sides of the Strip. The Howard Johnson of the High West. " On second thought, Howard Johnson doesn't deserve to be the Gay Johnson of Wyoming. Roadkill scattered like throwrugs on blacktop. All the groundrunners are either smart (located elsewhere) or dead at the wheels of the heavy hitters.

Hardy folk living in hard countrythe image certainly does characterize some parts of the West, but its application to Denver or Albuquerque is more questionable. S. Forest Service superintendent, points out, in spite of our enchantment with the beauty of the outdoors, most of us in the West live in cities. He points to himself as an example. He grew up in Montana, went to Stanford, and spent time in Wyoming and New Mexico before settling in Denver. Even though he spent "some time in the woods," learned to fish, and has "been out in a wheat field," he has spent most of his life in towns and cities.

The scenery may not be "better" in the West (depending upon one's penchant for green vistas, manicured landscapes, or ocean views), but it is more insistent. Despite abundant opportunities for visual pleasure, the West, as most of the symposia participants agree, is a region of stern limits. Vast expanses of it remain without human habitation. This landscape, harsh and arid as it is, is what many love most dearly about the West. " Magic notwithstanding, this landscape has given certain American ambitions and habits a rough ride.

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