Season of the Loon- One Man's Search for Wilderness in Increasingly Strange Times
Camping with an Indian Pipe Holder, fending of a cabin-marauding red squirrel, and lobbying in Minnesota's Hundred-Year's War over federal lands are stopovers on one man's search for wilderness. From a boyhood infatuation with motorboats to a pro-wilderness adult perspective, the author traces the evolution of wilderness as a personal perspective, with a colorful cast of Northland characters offering their opinions on nature. Season of the Loon is an honest look at competing perspectives and the subcultures that provide them.
"Henry David Thoreau would have nodded and chuckled over this book. In another time and another place, David Adams shows that the exploration of the wilderness-civilization dichotomy has universal and eternal relevance. From his special island, Adams probes both inward and outward to themes of transcendent importance. Here, in the great tradition of Sigurd Olson, are new ears listening to the lessons of the North Country."
– Professor Roderick Frazier Nash, author, Wilderness and the American Mind
"Brilliantly written, Season of the Loon celebrates the people and places that make the North Country unique. Rarely does one find such an important topic presented in such lucid prose. Adams' training as an anthropologist allows him to probe into the heart of wilderness politics. He shows that "green" special interest groups come in a variety of shades and colors. From a lobby effort on Capitol Hill to the dip of the canoe paddle on nameless lakes, Season of the Loon is a journey worth taking."
– Troy Peden, President, GoAbroad.com
"Season of the Loon arrives as welcome as the burst of sunshine after a thunderstorm. David Adams goes to the heart of fierce disputes over the future of our great northern forests, pitting the ecologist against the entrepreneur, the national wilderness movement against the local interest. Readers may question his conclusions or even his point of view, but they will return changed and challenged after accompanying Adams on his journey from motor-obsessed youth to the lonely figure canoeing through uncharted waters. And they will find surprises along the way."
– John Mondale, (retired) CBS Evening News
"Adams reminds us that wilderness yet cuts deep channels in the human psyche. He invites us to go with these currents, reflect on the complexity of their conceptual swirls and eddies and finally reconsider the human place in the larger, older, wilder and endangered scheme of planetary life."
– Max Oelschlaeger, author, The Idea of Wilderness