Author Edward Abbey to be highlighted at Tahoe showing of ‘Wrenched’ |

Author Edward Abbey to be highlighted at Tahoe showing of ‘Wrenched’

Edward Abbey's love of the Southwest will be part of "Wrenched," which plays in South Lake Tahoe Friday.
ML Lincoln / Courtesy photo |

If you go

What: “Wrenched”

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6

Where: Unity at the Lake, 2540 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe

Tickets: $5 requested donation


The Tahoe Area Sierra Club will host a screening of a documentary this week showing how the writing of iconic author Edward Abbey helped shape the modern environmental movement. The group will host “Wrenched” Friday night, Nov. 6, at South Lake Tahoe’s Unity at the Lake.

“From Upton Sinclair’s ‘The Jungle’ to Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring,’ American literature has a history of being in the vanguard when it comes to activism about controversial issues,” according to a description of the film. “The books of Edward Abbey carry on that tradition, with memoirs like ‘Desert Solitaire’ and the classic comic novel, ‘The Monkey Wrench Gang,’ taking on the degradation of the American Southwest.

“Filmmaker ML Lincoln’s documentary ‘Wrenched’ reveals how Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Through interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, ML Lincoln captures the outrage of Abbey’s friends who were the original eco-warriors. In defense of wilderness, these early activists pioneered ‘monkeywrenching’ — a radical blueprint for ‘wrenching the system.’ Exemplified by EarthFirst! in the early ‘80s, direct action and civil disobedience grew in popularity. With tree-spiking, forest occupation and high-profile publicity stunts such as the cracking at Glen Canyon Dam, this group became the eventual target of FBI infiltrators, leading to the arrest of various members.”

Unity at the Lake is located at 2540 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.

A $5 donation is requested to attend the film screening.

More information on the documentary is available at

Lake Tahoe Action

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