Far Out Man: Tales of Life in the Counterculture

October 30, 2020
Far Out Man: Tales of Life in the Counterculture

The founder of Utne Reader chronicles hisadventures on the frontlines of American culture—from the Vietnamera to the age of Trump—as a spiritual seeker, antiwar activist,and minor media celebrity."Fascinating . . . a remarkable piece of socialhistory."—Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human GameBegun to Play Itself Out?Far Out Man is the story of a life-long seeker who wasoccasionally a finder as well. In 1984, Eric Utne founded UtneReader, a digest of new ideas and fresh perspectivespercolating in the arts, culture, politics, business, andspirituality. With the tag line "The Best of the AlternativePress," the magazine was twice a finalist for a National MagazineAward and grew to more than 300,000 paid circulation. In thenineties, the magazine promoted the Neighborhood Salon Associationto revive the endangered art of conversation and start a revolutionin people's living rooms. More than 18,000 people joined,comprising nearly 500 salons across North America. Utne devoted themagazine to bringing people together to help make the world a"little greener and a little kinder."Far Out Man serves as a chronicle of both an individuallife and a generation, covering the conflicts of the Vietnam era,the hopes and excesses of the sexual revolution and the Me Decade,the idealism and depredations of the entrepreneurial eighties andnineties, and the promise and perils of the digital age.Ultimately, Far Out Man is the story of Eric Utne'slifelong search for hope, how he lost it, and what he found on theother side that sustains him in his darkest moments. It is a bookdedicated to helping all seekers become finders.