Category Archives: Literature and the Environment

Today’s Transcendentalists

Have you ever been overcome by a sense of awe and wonder? Perhaps outside watching the sun set over a roiling ocean or watching the Milky Way spin overhead on a moonless night? Perhaps you had a sense that you … Continue reading

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Green Shorts, Charles Manson, and Literature and Conservation in the West

This piece originally appeared in The Wildlife News. Ten years ago I read Michael Chrichton’s novel State of Fear. While far from his best work, it was his usual roller coaster of a techno-thriller. And, rather strangely, it was blatantly … Continue reading

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Two Good Men

Two men stand silhouetted against an  sublime sunset, scholars perhaps, contemplating their place in the cosmos.  Such is the cover image,suggested by author Scott Abbott, by 19th -century German Romantic landscape painter, Caspar David Friedrich.  Friedrich’s paintings characteristically set a … Continue reading

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Why Culture Matters

The day I realized I am a Westerner, I was in New York City. I was visiting family in my hometown and bent down to talk to my three-year-old in what felt like a miniature grocery store aisle. Crouching among … Continue reading

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House of Western Lit and Literature and the Environment

The news that J.K. Rowling’s latest fiction title had sold only 500 copies in the months it was out before the word leaked that she was the author using a pseudonym left us feeling a strange mix of hope and … Continue reading

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Green Shorts

Amazon has their Kindle Singles, Torrey House is launching our own Green Shorts series.  We are calling for submissions of environmentally oriented fiction and narrative nonfiction that is longer than a typical blog and shorter than a book, say 10,000 … Continue reading

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Leaning In to Nonfiction

There’s nothing like fiction, but it is hard to sell.  They told us it would be but we had to see for ourselves. Our title, The Legend’s Daughter, by David Kranes is out.  Kranes’ stories are so good  he was … Continue reading

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