You Will Outlive the Bastards ~ View From the Keyboard

“It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” – Edward Abbey

Philip and I just returned from a trip to Utah where we spent many fine days walking, exploring, oohing and ahhing (sorry I’ve been absent from my blogging duties.) Above is a photo he took in Capitol Reef National Park, a view of which we had from our modest hotel room in Torrey. It is important to remember in these days of budget deals and debt ceiling crises that much of our country’s land and people rely on progressive, innovative funding of national programs (such as the National Park Service.)

All I’m saying.

Abbey image from . Did you notice that his tower looks like David Baker‘s tower featured earlier in this series? Don’t forget that all writers are invited to contribute to View From the Keyboard. Guidelines here. And thanks for reading. -PMc←

Great Books, Great Places ~ Robber’s Roost, Torrey, Utah

So here we are, out in Utah doing research for a travel article and following my cousin Doug’s advice, we happen on Robber’s Roost, a lovely little coffee shop and bookstore in Torrey, Utah, just outside Capitol Reef National Park. Not only is the coffee good (something, we’ve been told, isn’t always easy to find in Utah) but there are also all of these really wonderful books for sale. There’s the expected: Utah tour guides, hiking guides, flora and fauna stuff, Edward Abbey–and there’s the unexpected: Jennifer Egan, Rick Moody, Melanie Rae Thon.

And this made me think. How many of these great bookstores in great places are there? Hundreds? Thousands? Probably many more than we all can even imagine.

In order to celebrate these independent emporiums of books, I am adding a new series to this site: Great Books, Great Places. 

More coming soon, including information on how you can tell us about your great bookstore in a great place. And thanks for reading