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Consuming fire - I've lots of occasions recently to think of that phrase.
Begin with my recent TED Talk - Fire, a biography.
Then the books, which seem to be propagating across the landscape: Fire: Nature and Culture, Fire on Earth: An Introduction, the coming series of books on fire in contemporary America, even The Last Lost World - after banking the coals for a few years, fire has returned. I expect it to continue for several years more.
The big story is a survey of the American fire scene since 1960. Briefly, the project envisions two complementary products. Between Two Fires will craft a grand narrative of America's great cultural revolution on fire, while To the Last Smoke will provide color commentary through suites of essays on various themes and regional reconnaissances. After years of studying fire around the world, I'm having to relearn the details of my own country. For particulars, see the project website. Regional suites to date include Florida, California, the Northern Rockies, Great Plains, and the Southwest with another three surveys planned. The University of Arizona Press will publish them all, beginning with Between Two Fires in October, 2015.
Somehow I doubt, though, that I'll ever be able to declare this particular fire out.
Other news - the graduate Certificate in Nonfiction Writing and Publishing that I've been pushing at ASU went live last August. Students are enrolling. The Piper Center for Creative Writing has signed on to assist. While I teach courses on Fire and on Exploration, my graduate teaching is almost wholly devoted to teaching writing.