It's hard to believe he's been gone almost 20 years. The curmudgeonly writer of Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang left behind a body of work unsurpassed in its craftsmanship and its commitment to a place: the desert Southwest. Abbey upset people because he booted them out of their comfort zones and forced them to confront themselves and their impacts on the land, and actually made them think about what they were doing. He asked hard questions but also had a hell of a sense of humor. Pick up any of his books, and you'll see why they are the work of a master. We miss you, Ed.