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Running after antelope
Carrier, Scott, 1957-
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Washington, D.C. : Counterpoint, [2001]

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130 pages ; 22 cm
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Includes collection of nonfiction stories broadcast on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and on Public Radio International's "This American Life."
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CT275.C3145 A3 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The wildly various stories in Running After Antelope are connected and illuminated by a singular passion: the author's attempt to run down a pronghorn antelope. His pursuit -- odd, funny, and inspired -- is juxtaposed with stories about sibling rivalry, falling in love, and working as a journalist in war-torn countries. Scott Carrier provides a most unique record of a most unique life.

Author Notes

Scott Carrier has been an independent producer for public radio and is now a regular contributor to Ira Glass's "This American Life."

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Radio meets print journalism in this slim, entertaining anthology of outtakes from Carrier's last 20 years as a writer, hitchhiker, radio producer and occasional war correspondent. The book consists of stories originally broadcast on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Public Radio International's This American Life; magazine articles originally published in Harper's and Esquire; and a narrative detailing Carrier's obsessive attempts to literally run down a pronghorn antelope. As with all anthologies, some pieces are more successful than others. The best story, "The Test," chronicles a temp job in which Carrier interviewed people on Medicaid support for schizophrenia, taking the agonizing responses and reducing them to statistics and cold data; in the piece's shattering climax, Carrier turns inward and forces himself to answer the same questions. Other stories focus on Carrier's rough-and-tumble encounters with memorable, oddball characters like his brother (a vertebrate morphologist who collected roadkill in the name of science) or the fundamentalist carpenters of "Windfall" (who were obsessed with Star Trek, the Trilateral Commission and Ted Kennedy). The least effective parts are Carrier's experiments as a foreign correspondent in Kashmir, Cambodia, and Chiapas, Mexico, where his touristic narratives are too thin for the gravity of the tragedies he's writing about. ("You'll never figure it out in ten days," a woman in Chiapas told him angrily. "It's pretty arrogant and stupid to even think you could.") The rest of the book, however, is more perceptive and honest, as well as funny. While this "greatest hits" selection may not propel Carrier into the celebrity ranks of fellow NPR alumni David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell, it's a fine performance. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Carrier, a regular contributor to Ira Glass's This American Life, sees the experiences of life as a series of little stories to be shared. In this slim narrative, he gathers his autobiographical essays from radio as well as longer stories that have appeared in Harper's and Esquire, organizes them in chronological order, and envelopes the reader with his quests. He shares his pursuit of a pronghorn antelope and the challenges in his ultimate mission in search of adulthood, happiness, and success. Carrier's trek takes him from Lawrence, KS, through the American West to an assignment in Cambodia that left him exhausted and sad, to other foreign lands and back to Salt Lake City, where he is happiest. Carrier writes with humor and wit while inviting his readers into his thoughts, his stories, and his imagination. Recommended for all libraries. Cynde Bloom Lahey, New Canaan Lib., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1963p. 3
Little League Haikup. 5
Condor Bonesp. 7
1982p. 10
Windfallp. 13
1984p. 19
Come to Stayp. 21
1987p. 23
Trout Stream Familiesp. 25
1990p. 27
The Friendly Manp. 28
1991p. 35
The Testp. 38
1992p. 45
Carpenterp. 47
Hitchhikep. 52
1993p. 62
A Trip to Cambodiap. 65
1994p. 80
Cambodia, Revisitedp. 82
1996p. 93
Kashmirp. 94
1997 the Serip. 108
Chiapasp. 112
1997 the Chasep. 127
Acknowledgmentsp. 129