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Irreverent, poignant, and revealing, this meditation on the sweet temptation of wealth and the vainglorious quest for paradise as they exist in Aspen, Colorado, features a "cast of characters (that) includes such barn-size satirical targets as exclusive health clubs, over-the-hill drug dealers and movie stars and rock stars of wattages bright and dim" (The New Republic).
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Ted Conover is the author of several books, including Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America’s Hoboes, and The Routes of Man: Travels in the Paved World. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and National Geographic. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is distinguished writer-in-residence in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He lives in New York City.From Publishers Weekly:
Conover ( Coyote ) entertainingly assesses his two years in the resort town of Aspen, Colo. He begins his investigation as a driver for the antiestablishment Mellow Yellow Cab Co.--although most passengers are anonymous and often inebriated, he encounters rock group Fleetwood Mac, who sit in his icy taxi as he flags down a truck for a jump start. Conover misses no chance for Aspen's version of enlightenment: He crashes an exclusive party for actor Don Johnson; delightedly acquires Jack Nicholson's ski mask when the actor forgets it at a restaurant; visits too-agreeable singer John Denver, whose sentimentality is mercilessly satirized by locals; and meets gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson. Eventually he signs on as a reporter for the Aspen Times and is nearly seduced by the town, donning trendy recreational gear and looking askance at Denver, Aspen's plebian neighbor. Disillusionment sets in, however, as he researches Aspen's exorbitantly priced and exceedingly popular New Age retreats, witnesses the dangers of outdoor adventure, learns about escalating real estate values and notices numerous reformed idealists. Low-key, objective and unpretentious, Conover avoids cynicism, letting Aspen's events and individuals speak for themselves.
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Book Description Random House, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110394574699
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