In a thoroughly original collection of nonfiction stories, "This American Life" contributor Scott Carrier chronicles the West, his coming-of-age, and an unabashed passion for discovery. Scott Carrier has been traveling the West in search of stories for the better part of his life. Since 1983, some of what he's found has been broadcast on National Public Radio's, "All Things Considered" and most recently on Public Radio International's "This American Life. " Running After Antelope collects the best of these radio pieces, as well as longer stories written for Harper's and Esquire. Like In Our Time, which unifies its disparate contents through between-the-acts episodes drawn from Hemingway's war experiences, Running After Antelope strings its many-colored beads on a single narrative thread-Carrier's ongoing, passionate attempt to run down a pronghorn antelope. Scenes from this picaresque quest-odd, inspired, and most times futile-are juxtaposed with stories about little league, sibling rivalry, falling in love, and working in the journalist's trade. Together they form a most unique record of a most unique life, a life that embraces discovery and celebrates pursuit for the sake of the chase. "What do you think we should do?" I ask. "I think we should try it again. Let's find some more. "And so we do. We chase antelope off and on for two days, but, basically they just ditch us every time.
Biographies-Memoirs, Regional-US, West,