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Before the World Forgets Antarctica's First Great Author: The Fascinating Life and Death of Nick Johnson

The author of "Big Dead Place" cut his own life short, but left behind a gripping personal story.

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This blacklisting was apparently too much. Johnson decided he was done managing terror, and with a single blast of buckshot, ended it. He leaves behind a funny book and a few zines that can help the rest of us manage our own terror for a few hours. It’s an accomplishment deserving at least a small monument at the bottom of the world for the author of Big Dead Place, who may very well have been planning all along to do the deed down there, and join the frozen corpses of the continent’s Heroic Age, whose pointless glories and sufferings he knew so well.

Alexander Zaitchik is a journalist living in New Orleans.

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