Ian Frazier

Ian Frazier

Contributing editor Ian Frazier is the author of The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days.


How to Find Lost Things

We accept that the universe is chaos. As for my own excursions into the outdoors, they produce entropy in such abundance that I even lose the list of things I’ve lost. And on my way home, that suede...

Ian Frazier
Aug 1, 2017

Frogpocalypse Now

In South Florida, cane toads are so numerous that they seem to be dropping from the sky. They're overtaking parking lots and backyards, can weigh almost six pounds, and pack enough poison to kill...

Ian Frazier
Mar 23, 2017

National Parks Don't Need Your Misty-Eyed Reverence

John Muir rhapsodizing about Yosemite is one thing, but Ian Frazier has had it with people calling their favorite outdoor spots “cathedrals,” “shrines,” and “sacred spaces.” The false piety...

Ian Frazier
Jun 7, 2016

Can Sylvia Earle Save the Oceans?

She's been alone in total darkness thousands of feet down, hovered under a Russian ship as it pinged her submarine, and been charged by huge sharks. But one thing does frighten Sylvia Earle: the dire...

Ian Frazier
Nov 12, 2015

Tell Better Jokes

Proven strategies for getting laughs, plus some always winning punch lines

Ian Frazier
Dec 4, 2013

Outward Boundless

A few words on kick-starting a love of adventure

Ian Frazier
Sep 16, 2013

The Last Days of Stealhead Joe

The Deschutes River fly-fishing guide called Stealhead Joe was an angling master with a long list of devoted clients. But as Ian Frazier, who fished with Joe last fall, learned, off the water, Joe’s...

Ian Frazier
Aug 21, 2013

The Tale-Telling Days Are Over

Whatever happened to an outdoorsman’s sacred right to exaggerate? In the age of digitized adventure, the fish that got away is gone forever.

Ian Frazier
Dec 12, 2012

Nature-Bonding with Dad

Outside writers share their thoughts on fatherhood and the great outdoors.

Steven Rinella, Ian Frazier, Marc Peruzzi, and Mark Singer
May 9, 2011

The Longest Yarn

A new film chronicles the classic story of a daring prison break from a Soviet gulag. We dispatched our crankiest critic to weigh in on the somewhat true story.

Ian Frazier
Jan 13, 2011

Who's Your Daddy?

Pay attention, young adventurers—school's in session

Ian Frazier
Mar 17, 2009