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The Best of "outside": The First Twenty Years (Vintage Departures) Paperback – 1 Oct 1998

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Ferret-legging, you must read this 28 May 2000
By Carl Skutsch - Published on
Format: Paperback
Years and years ago an office-mate brought in a copy Outside magazine with an article on "Ferret-legging," and read to all of us. By the end of it we were dying with laughter. I made a xerox, which I saved for years, until I finally made the mistake of loaning to a friend (ex, now, obviously) WHO DID NOT RETURN IT.
Now this compendium of Outside's comes out, and blessed Mary mother of God, it includes the ferret-legging piece.
You must buy this, flip to "King of the ferret-leggers," and read the piece. You'll thank me, honest you will.
And I'm told there're some other stories in here as well. Think of them as gravy.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Many Interesting and Varied Stories 3 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Not just ordinary stories about the outdoors. There are stories on hunting, fly fishing, female bull-fighters, surfing in Hawaii, sailing, training for the Hawaii Ironman, climbing and my two favorites "ferret-legging" and "bag-snagging." You will find yourself reading about subjects you would not ordinarily choose to read but enjoy such stories anyway. If you have any interest in the outdoors you should read this book. There are about 40-50 stories by different authors on varied activities. Incls. the articles that became Into Thin Air (very good) and The Perfect Storm (not so good).
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Superb writing about superb adventures 5 Aug. 1999
By Gavin Kentch - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book posits that a well-written account of an adventure can be just as much fun as the actual, original experience, and the book's contributors, all with sterling credentials (published books, New Yorker work, etc.), do not disappoint. The writing quality is such that I found myself avidly reading through stories about pastimes I don't enjoy and hardly consider -- hunting, flyfishing, etc. -- and enjoying them nonetheless, drawn in by the enticing quality of the writing. Some of the pure adventure works may not be great literature, but, then, not everything enjoyable in life is.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Out and About 3 Feb. 2002
By Jena Ball - Published on
Format: Paperback
Thanks to Outside magazine, which has been systematically cultivating a stable of fine writers for years now, we have a collection of what I'll call the "nouveau adventure" genre. Yes, there are traditional, edge-of-your-seat adventure stories by familiar names like Jon Krakauer, Sebastian Junger and Dave Roberts, but to me the real pleasure of reading this book is derived from pieces like Ian Frazier's "Keeping America's Trees Safe from Small-Curd Bubble Wrap," and Randy Wayne White's "Why Do We Fish?" Their topics are just a bit off the wall, poke gentle fun at the human condition, and still manage to offer some real insight into subjects that most of us would never have thought of.
I have also savored the several pieces in the anthology that touch a deeper chord. "The High Cost of Being David Bower," a sensitive portrait of a man literally driven by the urgency of his dream, and "The Blackfoot Years," dealing with the importance of a river to the lives of a family that has had to cope with tragedy, are two favorites.
Here you will find adventure of all kinds, insightful social commentary, high risk moments, and just enough oddball humor to keep you entertained for hours. Like other readers, I find myself returning to this collection just for the fun and pleasure of rereading my favorites. Many thanks to Outside for having the vision and sense to give these authors a home in print.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great read and re-read 25 July 2001
By Teri Tan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I must have re-read this book for the twentieth time by now. And I already have this whole stack of Outside magazines on the shelf! Every time I read this book I would discover something interesting and new between the lines and in the stories -- whether it's emotional, descriptive or implied. I feel terrified when I read Krakauer's take on the Everest accident; inspired by the story on David Brower and his environmental stand; and I laughed myself silly with The King of the Ferret Leggers. In short, this book take me through the whole gamut of emotions. It's a great compilation and an even greater buy.
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