I am living out my adolescent dream of travel and adventure.
Stanley Kubrick, I had been told, hates interviews. It’s hard to know what to expect of the man if you’ve only seen his films. One senses in those films painstaking craftsmanship, a furious intellect at work, a single-minded devotion.
In the sago palms, you’ll often find sago beetles which are about the size of your little finger. The Karowai put those on the fire until they’re crispy and eat them. They taste a little bit like creamy snails. But compared to sago, the sago beetle is really pretty good.
You have to first be a writer and somebody who loves to write. If I couldn’t travel, I would still write.
In 1952, Muddy cut the song ‘Rollin’ Stone.’ It was a nationwide success, and the song echoes down through rock n’ roll history. Bob Dylan cut a tribute by the same name, an English band decided to call themselves the Rolling Stones, and the magazine that first embraced music as a serious cultural phenomenon was itself called ‘Rolling Stone.’
As one of the first editors at ‘Outside’ magazine in 1975, it was my contention that most American writing going back to James Fennimore Cooper and then through Twain up to Hemingway had been outdoor writing. At that time, adventure writing meant stuff like ‘Saga’ or ‘Argosy.’ ‘Death Race with the Jungle Leper Army!’ That kind of thing.
Hot, dry katabatic winds, like the south foehn in Europe, the sharav in the Middle East, and the Santa Ana of Southern California, are all believed to have a decided effect on human behavior and are associated with such health problems as migraines, depression, lethargy, and moodiness. Some scientists say that this is a myth.
Stanley Kubrick went with his gut feeling: he directed ‘Dr. Strangelove’ as a black comedy. The film is routinely described as a masterpiece.
The way one approaches a wilderness story is to fashion a quest – find something that you are truly interested in finding or discovering.
Adventure travel existed before I started, I just didn’t know it.
Mystery is a resource, like coal or gold, and its preservation is a fine thing.
I have no problem with the adventure travel movement. It makes better, more sensitive people. If you get people diving on a coral reef, they’re going to become more respectful of the outdoors and more concerned with the threats that places like that face and they’re going to care more about protecting them than they would have before.
In my life outdoors, I’ve observed that animals of almost any variety will stand in a windy place rather than in a protected, windless area infested with biting insects. They would rather be annoyed by the wind than bitten.
Publishing your work is important. Even if you are giving a piece to some smaller publication for free, you will learn something about your writing. The editor will say something, friends will mention it. You will learn.
My idea of a vacation is staying home and doing short day hikes, floating the river and things like that.