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Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    short writings to friends, editors, acquaintances, etc. from the inveterate social critic

    Edward Abbey never shrunk from speaking his mind, as evidenced in this collection of diverse cards and notes as in his other writings. Abbey--almost invariably called an 'iconoclast' rather than merely a social critic-- combined an attachment to nature, particularly of the American Southwest where he lived, with an animosity toward large organizations, particularly corporations and the Federal government. Many of the selections are letters-to-the-editor, with others to friends and relatives and some to acquaintances. In one to the Tucson Weekly, he writes that he is castigated by both 'left-wing' and 'right-wing' dogmatists. Abbey's gift of being able to antagonize radicals of all strips as well as the muddled masses of robotic bureaucrats and bedazed citizenry testifies to his distinctiveness and provocativeness. What he was on to is further communicated in these selections.

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