Orion Classics

Orion has been publishing since 1982, and along the way we’ve published some wonderful writers and artists. Below aren’t our “favorites” but they are certainly among our favorites, and typical of the Orion view of the world. Most were published in the early ’00s.

The Idea of a Local Economy
by Wendell Berry
“The idea of a local economy rests upon only two principles: neighborhood and subsistence…”

A Citizen’s Response to the National Security Strategy
by Wendell Berry
“IT IS NO WONDER that the National Security Strategy, growing as it does out of unresolved contradictions in our domestic life, should attempt to compound a foreign policy out of contradictory principles.”

The Monarch and the Bt Corn Controversy
by Lincoln Brower
The canary in the cornfield.

The New Economy of Nature
by Gretchen C. Daily and Katherine Ellison
“This natural process, supplemented by small doses of chlorine and fluoride at the end of the water’s journey, worked beautifully for most of the twentieth century. But then signs appeared of some mechanical failures.”

Microbial Migrations
by Hilary French and Brian Halweil
The recent foot-and-mouth and mad cow scares should serve as a wake-up call to the challenges of a borderless world.

Small Wonder
by Barbara Kingsolver
“…And then they see the child. The bear is curled around him, protecting him from these fierce-smelling intruders in her cave.”

The Naturalist
by Barry Lopez
“The modern naturalist, acutely even depressingly aware of the planet’s shrinking and eviscerated habitats, often feels compelled to do more than merely register the damage.”

Global Ethics: An American Perspective
by Peter Sauer
Infusing the environmental movement with values.