What's happening

The past few years it has been almost all fire, fire, fire.

That's about to change. The final few strays for To the Last Smoke are still in press - should be published by spring 2019. But I'm a hedgehog who knew two big things. I've pivoted from fire to my other theme. A new book on writing, Style and Story, is just out - addressing stuff I didn't realize should have been in Voice and Vision - and I have begun working on a survey history of exploration that I'm calling The Great Ages of Discovery. How Western Civilization Learned about a Wider World. So far it's still fun.

See Commentaries for published op/​eds, reflections, and the stray essay. For unpublished stuff, see Blogs. The most timely seems to be "Closing the arc,"which addresses the problem of powerline fires, and "The Big Blowout," a 30-year retrospective of the 1988 Yellowstone fires.

See Books for my latest volumes. These concentrate mostly on the contemporary American fire scene.

Videos links to taped public lectures, including my 2015 TED Talk and its amplification for the Long Now Foundation.



Scenes from two public lectures. (l) Stewart Brand and I fielding questions after my talk for the Long Now Foundation. (r) My 2015 TED Talk.

Other projects include a book on wilderness in the contemporary scene, titled Wild Visionsand modeled on the old Sierra Club series. Ben Minteer is the lead author and Mark Klett is overseeing the photos; I'm writing some secondary copy.

I'm also gearing up for a fire history of Mexico, a project that I have long had in mind, but should have the time for once I retire from teaching at the end of 2018.

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A sequel to Voice and Vision, more art and craft in writing.


Florida and California fire surveys (spring 2016)

Northern Rockies and Southwest fire surveys (2016)

Great Plains (2017) and Interior West (2018).

The Northeast (2019) and Slopovers (2019) - oak woodlands, Pacific Northwest, Alaska

Here and There (2018) - topical essays, and other lands

A salon of ideas about the future of nature protection in America

A condensed survey of fire in Earthly nature and in human culture, lavishly illustrated with photos and art. For more information, click here .

Continental ice, megafauna, erectines and Neanderthals, creation stories, big ideas - what's not to like?


The Grand Tour, and beyond - now in paperback