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 in spring 2019. But I have another guide to writing, Style and Story, also due out in spring, 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 For unpublished stuff, see Blogs.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.

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.

Meanwhile, I'm preparing to begin a fire history of Mexico. I've been collecting materials for many years. With my retirement from teaching at the end of this year, I should be able to pursue the project seriously.

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 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.

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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