October 15, 2012
Issue Summary: Our annual Books and Essays issue features essays about finding our place in the West by Craig Childs, Hannah Nordhaus and Sarah Gilman, author profiles, and many reviews of new books.
The author traces the paths of peoples that have wandered the earth for centuries, from Alaska to the Southwest.
The author considers family lore and legends, including a ghost story about her great-grandmother in New Mexico.
The Portland, Ore., based writer talks about the role of landscape in her writing and her debut novel, The Orchardist.
The author asks questions about life in the desert West -- who belongs there, and what belongs to whom.
- The taxpayer money that fuels federal land transfer demands
- Latest: California fracking companies inject protected aquifers with wastewater
- Obama's preemptive strike to reform Endangered Species Act
- Wyoming trespass law is the latest in grazing battle
- Sightseeing at an open pit mine in Arizona copper country
- Garrett Allen on The view from 31,000 feet: A philosopher looks at fracking
- Robb Cadwell on The view from 31,000 feet: A philosopher looks at fracking
- Amy & Chris Gulick on The view from 31,000 feet: A philosopher looks at fracking
- Richard H Ernst on The taxpayer money that fuels federal land transfer demands
- Luwella Leonardi on Blood Quantum