The short answer is, this fall 2013 semester I’ll be teaching HPS 336 Exploration and Science and HPS 591 Literary nonfictionr. Office hours: T Th 10:30-11:30a, Th 12:30p-1:15p, LSA 220. For spring semester I’ll be co-teaching a new graduate course on writing called Masters of Nonfiction.
The big news on books is that Reaktion Books published Fire: Nature and Culture late last fall. It’s the first time I’ve been able to write a book in which the images mattered (almost) as much as the text. A good introduction to fire on the planet. A more formal, less lavishly imaged version will appear in December, 2013 as Fire on Earth: An Introduction, in which I contribute as one of five authors. This will likely serve as my base text when I teach Fire (BIO 427) next year.
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My major research effort continues to be a survey of American fire history since 1960. The idea was to write two books, one a grand narrative (the play by play, as it were), and other other, a collection of essays (the color commentary). The narrative is written and out foraging for a publisher. The commentary – over 200 posts – self-organized into five regional suites, along with another anthology of topical essays. I need to round up a few stray essays and complete the matrix for the Southwest, but they, too, are out for review. For details see the project website.
Recent commentaries of interest include an op/ed in the Arizona Republic on the Yarnell Hill tragedy, a survey of the American fire scene for the Washington Post, a general piece on why we are not at war with fire for Project Syndicate after the Black Forest fire in Colorado, and a tribute to Voyager the indomitable, now questing in interstellar space.
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