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Night Driving: Invention of the Wheel and Other Blues

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Night Driving: Invention of the Wheel and Other Blues is a splendid record of one man’s personal journey through the backroads and mountain ranges of the world; woven into the history of a wildly experimental, consciousness-expanding era.

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by Dick Dorworth

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: First Ascent Press; 1st edition (October 11, 2007)

Night Driving: Invention of the Wheel and Other Blues is a splendid record of one man’s personal journey through the backroads and mountain ranges of the world; woven into the history of a wildly experimental, consciousness-expanding era.

Contents

Foreward by Jack Turner

Preface

A Place to Start

Instinct & the Eventual Tragedy

Of Liberals, Conservatives, Madness & Food

A Vegetarian Memoir

Coyote Song

Europe: Fourth Time Around

Acknowledgements

About the Author

Dick Dorworth has skied and climbed in Europe, Asia, Alaska and South America; but he’s spent most of his life in the mountains of the West. He ski raced extensively from 1950 through 1965 and set the world record for speed on skis in Portillo, Chile in 1963. Dick taught and coached skiing for years,served as coach of the U.S. Ski Men’s Team, and later Directorof the Aspen Mountain Ski School.

Dorworth’s writing has appeared in Ski, Skiing, Powder, Snow Country, Mountain Gazette, Men’s Journal, Climbing, New West, Mariah, Wild Duck Review, Summit, and Backpacker.

Today he is a reporter and regular columnist for the Idaho Mountain Express in Ketchum, his home base. Most winter days he skis, either on his favorite mountain, Baldy, or in the backcountry. In summer he climbs.

Night Driving, Dorworth’s first book, was published in 2007 by First Ascent Press. The Perfect Turn, a collection of Dick’s ski writing, ranging from expedition accounts, to biographies of remarkable and particularly engaging skiers, to ski fiction was published by Western Eye Press in 2010 and immediately won the Ski History Association prize for the best new ski book of the year. Dorworth’s next book, The Straight Course, a memoir of speed skiing adventures around the world in the 60s was published the following year, also by Western Eye Press.

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