Never Land: Adventures, Wonder, and One World Record in a Very Small Plane [NOOK Book]

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"According to W. Scott Olsen, there are two reasons for flying. The first is just to get somewhere. The second has nothing to do with destination. It is this second reason, expressing our deepest curiosity and our longings for infinity, grace, and clarity, that Never Land explores. At once frankly philosophical and engagingly practical, the book combines accounts of touring in the air, the history of flight, the sensations of flying, and the technical acts and facts of navigating, piloting, lifting off, and landing." As it brings together many

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Never Land: Adventures, Wonder, and One World Record in a Very Small Plane

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Overview

"According to W. Scott Olsen, there are two reasons for flying. The first is just to get somewhere. The second has nothing to do with destination. It is this second reason, expressing our deepest curiosity and our longings for infinity, grace, and clarity, that Never Land explores. At once frankly philosophical and engagingly practical, the book combines accounts of touring in the air, the history of flight, the sensations of flying, and the technical acts and facts of navigating, piloting, lifting off, and landing." As it brings together many views on flight, Never Land also chronicles Olsen's own personal journey - his experiences and the shift in his perspective as he goes from green beginner to seasoned pilot. Whether reflecting on airmail delivery, plotting routes from above, interviewing veterans, learning aerobatic moves, or encountering history in the making, Olsen makes the feel of flying a reality for his earthbound readers. Albeit a personal narrative, his book is ultimately a celebration of aviation that brings to bear the intellectual precision, emotional passion, exhilarating risk, and incalculable reward behind the human desire to fly.

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Editorial Reviews

Glenwood Gazette

"This little book is for all the lucky people who ever flew an aircraft, and, for everyone who ever dreamed of flying one. . . . If words can capture this controlled life into sky—this safely flying toward the infinite—Olsen’s book does it."—Dave Remley, Glenwood Gazette

— Dave Remley

Jim Shepard

Never Land is a heartfelt and thoughtful and smart examination of what’s for some of us ‘the necessity and the reach of flying,’ and of what happens when you mix America and the air and an airplane. Scott Olsen with an engaging sweetness and acuity of observation deftly combines a sense of history and a sense of place with an introduction to the gratifications of flying a small plane, and the ways in which, when we’re doing something so fully that it seems like it’s its own reward, our definition of who and where we are can gloriously enlarge itself.”—Jim Shepard, author of Like You’d Understand, Anyway
Senator Byron Dorgan

“At times poignant, at other times funny, as often frightening as it is deeply personal, Never Land is a fine evocation of the beauty of the American prairie and a flyer’s unique perspective. W. Scott Olsen has written a wonderful book about flying.”—Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), pilot
Patricia Trenner

“W. Scott Olsen is that dreamy hybrid of poet, pilot, and humorist. If weather has cancelled your flight plan, curl up with Never Land. It’s the next best thing to flying you’ll find.”—Patricia Trenner, senior editor of Air & Space / Smithsonian
Glenwood Gazette - Dave Remley

"This little book is for all the lucky people who ever flew an aircraft, and, for everyone who ever dreamed of flying one. . . . If words can capture this controlled life into sky—this safely flying toward the infinite—Olsen's book does it."—Dave Remley, Glenwood Gazette
Jim Shepard
"Never Land is a heartfelt and thoughtful and smart examination of what's for some of us 'the necessity and the reach of flying,' and of what happens when you mix America and the air and an airplane. Scott Olsen with an engaging sweetness and acuity of observation deftly combines a sense of history and a sense of place with an introduction to the gratifications of flying a small plane, and the ways in which, when we're doing something so fully that it seems like it's its own reward, our definition of who and where we are can gloriously enlarge itself."

-Jim Shepard, author of Like You'd Understand, Anyway

Senator Byron Dorgan
"At times poignant, at other times funny, as often frightening as it is deeply personal, Never Land is a fine evocation of the beauty of the American prairie and a flyer's unique perspective. W. Scott Olsen has written a wonderful book about flying."

-Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), pilot

Patricia Trenner
"W. Scott Olsen is that dreamy hybrid of poet, pilot, and humorist. If weather has cancelled your flight plan, curl up with Never Land. It's the next best thing to flying you'll find."

-Patricia Trenner, senior editor of Air & Space / Smithsonian

Pacific Flyer

"At once frankly philosophical and engagingly practical, the book combines accounts of touring the air, the history of flight, the sensations of flying, and the technical acts and facts of navigating, piloting, lifting off, and landing."—Pacific Flyer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803230040
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 202
  • File size: 192 KB

Meet the Author


W. Scott Olsen is a professor of English at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is editor in chief of the literary journal Ascent; the author of several books, including At Speed: Traveling the Long Road between Two Points (Nebraska 2006) and Hard Air: Adventures from the Edge of Flying (available in a Bison Books edition); and the editor of many anthologies.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

What Remains 6

The Pilot's Journal 31

Altitude 48

A Prairie Roll 60

Bad Form 79

Dreams of Flying 89

The Spin 107

The World Record 115

The Long Cross-Country 151

A Note on Sources 185

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