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Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered

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Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Tim Cahill
genre:
Travel

We gave it an A-

These two dozen far-flinging ecoadventures by Outside magazine travel writer Tim Cahill — we find him cruising on an icebreaker at the North Pole, kayaking crocodile-infested Honduran rivers, and rappelling mountains in his native Montana — may be fueled by heady adrenaline, but Cahill’s irreverent wit keeps them down-to-earth in Pass the Butterworms. In one beautifully written piece, Cahill searches for Indonesian headhunters, only to discover them recently Westernized and wearing Jean-Claude Van Damme T-shirts. Later, fascinated by a Stone Age-like tribe in Irianjaya, he realizes, poignantly, that his very presence means that T-shirts aren’t far behind.