Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber
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Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber

by Mark Twight

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Mountain climber and coauthor (with Jim Martin) of Extreme Alpinism, Twight has here compiled a collection of previously published articles from Outside, Men's Journal, and other U.S. and European magazines. The articles have been revised for this book, often restoring their original length and language, and each one has a "2000 Author's Note" that gives background material on the original article and the climb itself. Twight's moutaineering experiences led him all over Asia, Europe, and North America and are presented in chronological order. The entire book is about mountain climbing and climbers, and because it is so full of personal reactions and experiences, it reads somewhat like the extended ego trip of a Sixties throwback. While Kiss or Kill may be of interest to public libraries with extensive mountaineering collections, it will be of little interest to most libraries. George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Professional climber Twight presents 24 essays written between 1985 and 2000 for magazine and other sports publications. The essays have been revised by the author to get away from what he terms "the homogenized fluff" offered up by editors afraid to offend readers or advertisers. With punk rock and new wave song lyrics sprinkled throughout the essays, the work is less a description of extreme alpine climbing than a glimpse into the psychological reasons one person faces extreme danger. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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