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Video: Author Barry Lopez Talks Writing and Presidential Politics

Author Barry Lopez, the National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams, in this video from offers some valuable advice to young writers, and gives his thoughts on the upcoming election.

I don’t think I listen very much to what’s going on with the election. The whole thing is kind of terrifying. I’m trying to look out about 10 years ahead of it. Ten years from now, where are we going to be? What I want to do is get the best minds around the table. I want to encourage young, smart, creative people to just do their work—not try to tell them what to do, but to do their work. And my trust is that if you get the best people together, we’ll figure out a government that will work. You know, we’ll figure these other things out.

But, no, I’m anxious about the election like so many other people are, but I don’t, I cannot afford creatively to sit at home and agonize over whether or not Sarah Palin is going to be the Vice President, you know, which is one of the most terrifying thoughts of the 21st century. I can’t get any juice behind it because it’s a distraction. What I want to do is be connected with other women and men who are artists and writers about, OK, so what are we going to do? What’s going to happen here? How can we take care of our people?

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Bullshit. *Charisma, Icon, Intelligence, Empty Sandwich

How does the word “bullshit” connect to Charisma, Intelligence and the notion of The Empty Sandwich? To find out the answer to this question we meandered through David Fleming’s Lean Logic. A dictionary unlike any other, Lean Logic encourages readers to actively and intellectually engage with its entries. These entries are often cross-referenced so that […] Read More

In Memory: Poet David Budbill

“One village of the many—call it Judevine.” The Chelsea Green family was saddened to hear of the death of Vermont poet, author, and friend David Budbill. He died early Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at his home in Montpelier. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a year ago, and was in steady decline. In […] Read More

Trust Your Unconsciousness: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas on Writing

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is a New York Times-bestelling author, traveler, and astute observer of the natural world. In Dreaming of Lions, a paperback edition of her memoir, Thomas pens a powerful new afterword and a selection of photos from her extraordinary life is included. Below is an excerpt from her chapter about writing, and her […] Read More

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More

May Roundup: News, Views & Stuff You Can Use

The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases. Permaculture Advice For Beginners. Hint: Start Small   Interested in applying a permaculture approach to your […] Read More