The Backside of Beyond: An essay by the late Allan Bard

Steve McQueen said, “I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” Edward Abbey referred to the urban scene as “syphilization.” We read between the lines and suspect a cure for the subtlest of modern maladies, the condition caused by the strained nervous sense of urgency that seems to define life in the city.

The Promised Land: Essay by the late Allan Bard

I was a city kid. I didn’t grow up in the mountains or out in the countryside. I didn’t even ski in those days. But I have always been connected to wild places.