Author M. John Fayhee joins the program to talk about his new book, “A Long Tangent: Musings by an old man & his young dog hiking every day for a year”. Fayhee and his dog, Casey, hiked in the Gila, near home and they help us explore our relationship to nature, growing older, and dogs.
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Veteran author and outdoor enthusiast, M. John Fayhee, newest book chronicles a year hiking New Mexico’s rugged Gila Country with his four-legged companion.
In this meandering memoir, A Long Tangent, Fayhee, with his loyal dog Casey at his side, takes us through the heart of the Gila – once the stomping ground of Geronimo and Billy the Kid and home to the world’s first legally designated Wilderness Area – as he endeavors to hike every day for a solid year through some of the country’s most remote and challenging terrain. “A Long Tangent” explores the process of going from wide-eyed young man to crotchety old fart as he comes to terms with his mortality, with the fact that “There are many more trail miles behind me than there are ahead.”
More than that, though. This is the story of the bond between a man and his canine companion as it evolves through deep canyons, across bone-dry mesas in ninety-five degree heat and toward the cactus-covered mountains that rise above the desert lands of southwest New Mexico.
Along the way, Fayhee reflects upon rattlesnakes, hiking sticks, bears, exploding rocks, mystery mountains, disorientation, poorly worded religious texts, lost pets, marriage, the relationship between hikers and their vehicles, and a past that slips ever further into the rearview mirror.
A Long Tangent is current #1 on Amazon in New Mexico Travel Guides, #2 in General New Mexico Travel Guide, and #45 in Mountain U.S. Regional Travel.
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M. John Fayhee, one-time publisher of the famed Mountain Gazette Magazine, will read from and sign copies of his latest book, “A Long Tangent: Musings from an old man and his young dog hiking every day for a year,” at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Light Hall Theatre on the Western New Mexico University campus in Silver City.
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Nazaré tells the story of a peasants’ revolt in the polyglot city of Balaal. The story begins with a miracle. A homeless boy sees a whale washed up on the beach. He alerts the local fishermen, and soon the whole town is trying and failing to push it back into the ocean. With just the boy left to accompany the whale now in its dying throes, a freak wave pulls the creature back into the sea. This is an omen. Change is coming.
The boy and the washerwoman who adopts him cobble together a ramshackle army of fishermen, shopkeepers, lapsed nuns, anarchist bats, and an itinerant camel. They attempt to end the reign of the dictator who rules over Balaal. Their attempt involves pitched battles, farcical trials, rooftop escapes, and sun-parched wanderings in the wilderness. Looming over the disparate cast of characters is the legend of the giant wave—Nazaré—that will one day annihilate everyone and everything in the city.
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