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  • Life as a fire lookout

    Life as a fire lookout

    It's a long way from Lower Manhattan to a remote fire lookout's perch in New Mexico.

  • The sky is a crowded attic

    The sky is a crowded attic

    Novelist Andrew Sean Greer talks about how the West’s vast landscapes transformed his life and his fiction.

  • The dictionary reader

    The dictionary reader

    What kind of person spends the whole summer stuck inside a cabin reading the dictionary?

  • A life of words and wilderness

    Rick Bass’ memoir, Why I Came West, describes how his 20-year struggle to save Montana’s Yaak Valley held him hostage, preventing him from concentrating on writing the short fiction that he loves.

  • Mystery in Montana

    Deirdre McNamer’s new novel, Red Rover, beautifully captures the unromantic realism of Montana’s small towns.

  • No frigate like a book

    This special issue focuses on books and essays that help us understand the complex, chaotic West.

  • John Nichols and his 19th miracle

    Writer John Nichols is still fighting the good fight in Taos, N.M.

  • Longing for a buried past

    Rick Bass’ new short story collection, The Lives of Rocks, proves that his fierce environmental activism has not diminished the intensity of his storytelling genius

  • Dear friends

    Visitors; Las Vegas writer and historian Hal Rothman dies; farewell to Dolores LaChapelle and Ed LaChapelle

  • A geography of the imagination

    In Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney, 45 diverse writers define unusual geographical terms used across the country.

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