||The author of this meditation on writing and the land is well-poised to discuss his subjects. Born into a ranching family, he plied the family trade for years before becoming a writer and professor. Here he recalls the mistakes he made as a young rancher (damaging the land for short-term profit, killing off nuisance animals), seeing them as reflecting a larger problem endemic to the region. For Kittredge, getting beyond his resource-extraction mentality and becoming a writer were intertwined, and he explains here how developing an ethic of exploration and thoughtfulness in his writing led to a more mindful attitude toward the land.
||Kittredge relates his coming of age on a property his family transformed from a farm dependent on horses to a modern agribusiness. Painfully reflecting on the abandonment of old ways, Kittredge calls for new, radical stories about the West that will foster compassion and caretaking.
|Editors Note 2
||A portrait of the author and bibliography of his works accompany six essays, including "Child in the garden," "Learning to think," "Rediscovering home," and "The politics of storytelling"