What's happening

These days it's mostly fire.

See Commentaries for published op/​eds, reflections, and the stray essay. Recent entries include a meditation on the Voyager mission, the Northern and Southern California fires, and an update on the odyssey of A.K. Denisov-Uralsky's famous fire painting. For unpublished stuff, see Blogs. New entries include "When Johnny Cash walked out of a burning ring of fire," "California split," and "Closing the arc," on the problem of powerline fires.

See Books for my latest volumes. These concentrate mostly on the contemporary American fire scene. My narrative of American fire since 1960, Between Two Fires, was published in 2015. My suite of regional surveys, under the collective title To the Last Smoke, has six volumes published and three written and in press, due out over the coming year.

This summer I hope to begin work on a volume, The Great Ages of Discovery that will summarize my thoughts on the history of exploration. And then, back to fire with what I hope will evolve into a fire history of Mexico.

Not least, there are some recorded public lectures such as my talk to the Long Now Foundation for its Seminars About Long-term Thinking, which allowed me to develop my 2015 TED Talk more fully - the director's cut, if you will. See Videos.

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 sequel to Voice and Vision that I'm calling Style and Story, which the University of Arizona Press will publish in fall 2018.

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


Florida and California fire surveys (spring 2016)

Northern Rockies and Southwest fire surveys (2016)

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

The Northeast (2018) and Slopovers (2019) - oak woodlands, Pacific Northwest, Alaska

Here and There (2019) - 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