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  • A gift of supreme excellence

    The writer remembers with love a man who might have seemed worthless to the rest of his community, but who taught a young boy important lessons about fishing, rivers, life and sovereignty

  • A lesson in aridity from Wallace Stegner

    The late writer Wallace Stegner tried to tell us years ago that Westerners live in an arid region, and we need to adapt to it

  • A lesson in engagement from Mary Page Stegner

    A talk with Wallace Stegner’s 91-year-old widow, Mary Page Stegner, reminds the writer of all that Stegner taught us, and of all we still have to learn from him

  • A long walk into hope

    Bill McKibben’s new book, Wandering Home, is a hopeful account of a leisurely hike across northeastern America, as relevant to the West as it is to the East

  • A native son of Oregon writes of heartbreak, determination

    Writer David James Duncan talks about his "insane passion for rivers" and the broken hearts of Westerners

  • A polygamist of place: The tradition of the Eastern Westerner

    A writer is torn between his love and loyalty for two very different landscapes - the East Coast's Cape Cod and the mountains of Colorado.

  • A sand-brown world

    "Getting Over the Color Green: Contemporary Environmental Literature of the Southwest," an anthology edited by Scott Slovic, is a fine and inclusive work that features familiar and unfamiliar writers.

  • A sense of wonder needs no name

    Wild creatures are wonderful to encounter, even when they aren't the rare and spectacular species we long to see.

  • A winter drive into oblivion

    During a long drive through a Western blizzard, times seems to come to a stop as you wonder whether you will ever make it home – in safety –a gain.

  • American — and proud of it

    There’s nothing like a trip to Europe to make an American appreciate living in a country that still has wilderness.

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