High Country News October 29, 2007
Longtime hitchhiker Dev Carey tells Michelle Nijhuis about some of his best – and worst – adventures on Western highways.
This special issue focuses on books and essays that help us understand the complex, chaotic West.
Laura Paskus interviews Western intellectual, activist and writer Rebecca Solnit.
Latino writer Luis Alberto Urrea talks about the border and remembers the women in his family who inspired him.
A list of the most intriguing current books by Western authors or on Western subjects.
Test your knowledge with a Western literary trivia quiz.
Deirdre McNamer’s new novel, Red Rover, beautifully captures the unromantic realism of Montana’s small towns.
William Kittredge brings together new and selected essays about life in the West in The Next Rodeo.
Environmental contrarians Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger jump back into the fray with a new book, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility.
Writers John N. Maclean and Mark Matthews look closely at two famous – and deadly – Western wildfires in their new books, The Thirtymile Fire and A Great Day to Fight Fire.
Brian Doyle recommends the best reads about the Pacific Northwest, with particular emphasis on his home state, Oregon.
The Western novel is not entirely dead; it has simply changed a great deal since the glory days of Zane Grey.
Peter Chilson ponders the parallel fates of two lovely and ravaged lands: The Southwest desert in America and the West Coast of Africa.
David Oates ranges from the Sierra Nevada to Aix-en-Provence as he considers the particular qualities that make a place worth living in.
Heard Around the West
Counseling councilmen; a very virtual “virtual” fence; Arizona vs. college students; trapped in a CT scan; trophy land; smelling like a dog; paying taxes with skis.