Becoming a Western writer

When I first read Wallace Stegner’s Wolf Willow, it stuck. Not just for days, but even years later I can recall the story in the middle of the great blizzard of 1906. Stegner layered history, memory, and landscape into a compelling narrative, and the deft shifts in writing style from nonfiction to creative nonfiction to…

The Academic Hunter

Fall is hunting season. The leaves have been stripped from the trees by the onslaught of prairie winds, and snow is threatening (or in our case, blowing sideways as we speak). Next fall I, too, will be out on the waterways in the chill of early dawn, waiting for duck and geese to bag a…

Unravelling the thread of an idea

As interesting as an idea can be in and of itself, what’s also curiously exciting is the path taken by the mind from the initial zygote of that idea through its development phases and finally to its fruition. I’m reading Allan Casey‘s ‘Lakeland‘, an exploration of and homage to some of the great lakes (no, not…

Food, water & energy

This poster showed up on Facebook last week. I agreed with it immediately – but then started thinking why. Why is growing your own food ‘a protest…that will overturn corporate powers’? How can growing your own food ‘change the world’? It seems to stem from the food-energy-water nexus that’s increasingly prevalent in the media (and…