David Gessner is the author of nine books, including All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West and My Green Manifesto. Gessner has won the John Burroughs Award for Best Nature Essay, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the founder of the journal Ecotone.
Lay of the Land
THE FILE BEGINS in 1947, when Abbey, just twenty and freshly back from serving in the army in Europe, posts a type-written notice on the bulletin board at the State Teacher’s College in Pennsylvania. Continue reading
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I dare you not to get excited when you see black skimmers scything along the shoreline. I dare you to stay in your own mumbling head, running around on the same Continue reading
OUT JUST BEYOND the breaking waves they sit there bobbing, two groups of animals, avian and human, pelicans and surfers. As they rise and fall on humps of water, the pelicans Continue reading