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  • The squeal of silence

    The squeal of silence

    Time spent alone in a cabin in the wild reminds a writer that silence is more than the absence of noise.

  • Winter Prayer

    Snowshoeing alone at night in the forest, a woman thinks – and prays – about the friends she loves, and the families they worry about.

  • An artist's residency, unplugged

    A writer spends time in a primitive cabin in the Colorado mountains, and discovers the wonder of silence and darkness

  • A dark and disjointed journey

    A dark and disjointed journey

    The short stories in Sam Shepard's new collection, Day out of Days, have an unhinged, distinctly Western flavor.

  • A very brief conversation with a Jet Fighter

    A long solitary hike through an empty, pristine desert is interrupted by a close encounter with an F-16 fighter plane

  • On a lonely road, time rolls to a stop

    The writer travels from New York to Nevada every year, just to stop on one of the state’s empty highways and listen to the endless desert silence

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