“What a fascinating book—Eric Utne has been the Zelig of the counterculture, arriving early again and again at the place where the non-mainstream is flowing. He tells the story with verve and command; it’s a remarkable piece of social history.”—Bill McKibben, author Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
“Far Out Man will take you on a journey, not just through one man’s life, but through a pivotal time in American and world history. Always honest, often funny, sometimes profound, Eric Utne’s life story shows us how we got here and even where we might go next. His journey will resonate with people from his generation and beyond.”—Paul Kingsnorth, author of The Wake and Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist
“In this ardent memoir, Utne, founder of the Utne Reader, frames his life as an American archetype: the young man seeking happiness, community, and meaning. Utne details his explorations in a conversational tone, with evocative stories. . . . The narrative is generally riveting thanks to its insight into multiple alternative cultural movements of the past half century. . . . Utne’s earnestness and honesty are charming. Readers will find this an entertaining personal testament.”—Publishers Weekly
“A memoir of tenderness and truth, honesty and humor, but far more than this: It is a rare gift to the reader, a how-to manual on the art of living. . . . I absolutely love it.”—Jay Griffiths, author of Savage Grace: A Journey in Wildness
“No better guide to the past half-century could be found than Eric Utne. His journey, like that of the magazine he founded, touches on everything important in those turbulent times.”—Kirkpatrick Sale, author of The Collapse of 2020