Commentaries and select essays
Slouching toward Gatlinburg
A general commentary for History News Network - too early to identify particulars.
Welcome to the Pyrocene.
A meditation on the 2016 Fort McMurray fire as a symbol of the two fires, one burning living landscapes and the other, lithic landscapes, that together define our era.
The Pleistocene's Ice Ages are seguing into the Anthropocene's Fire Age . A thumbnail history of fire on Earth and the role of fire's keystone species.
What do do with Smokey Bear?
Time to let him retire, with honor, and turn over the task to his cubs.
A Beautiful Mind - William H. Goetzmann (1930-2010)
A tribute to a former professor.
A reflection on Buzz Aldrin on the occasion of MIT+150 seminar on the future of exploration.
Untamed Art - the world's most famous forest fire painting
The extraordinary story of A.K. Denisov Uralsky's painting of a forest fire, almost certainly the best known (and most commonly reproduced) piece of fire art.
Spark and Sprawl: A World Tour - the WUI as fire's emergent plague
An backgrounder on understanding the causes and context of the wildland-urban interface.