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by James Salter Counterpoint (November 01, 2017)

James Salter is recognized as one of America’s most important writers. The author of many memorable works of fiction—including Dusk and Other Stories, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award—he is also celebrated...

The Order of Loving Care

by Wendell Berry Counterpoint (October 15, 2017)

Wendell Berry’s profound critique of American culture has entered its sixth decade, and in this new gathering he reaches with deep devotion toward a long view of Agrarian philosophy. Mr. Berry believes that...

Romance of Elsewhere

by Lynn Freed Counterpoint (October 10, 2017)

Lynn Freed’s deeply personal essays explore our most quintessential question: What makes a home? From very early on she had imagined for herself an ideal life: a stranger in a strange place: someone just arrived,...

Survivor Café

by Elizabeth Rosner Counterpoint (September 01, 2017)

Endorsements sought from Susan Griffin, Rebecca Solnit (colleague & acquaintance), Alison Owings, Viet Nguyen and Daniel Mendelsohn

  • With the realities of a global refugee crisis and the collapse of order in...

  • Because It Is So Beautiful

    by Robert Leonard Reid Counterpoint (June 01, 2017)

    Taking its title from an affecting speech given by renowned author Barry Lopez, Because It Is So Beautiful is a response to desperate questions surrounding the protection and preservation of America’s wildlands....

    An Arrangement of Skin

    by Anna Journey Counterpoint (March 01, 2017)

    Anna Journey’s lyrical and layered arrangement of essays dazzles with her reflections on our shifting selves—the many “skins” we inhabit in a life. An Arrangement of Skin is by turns beguiling, dark,...

    Practice Resurrection

    by Erik Reece Counterpoint (March 01, 2017)

    A student of Wendell Berry and Guy Davenport, Erik Reece is a strong and eloquent voice for a new generation of dedicated activists fighting on behalf of the embattled wilderness and the future of our planet....

    Aztec Treasure House

    by Evan Connell Counterpoint (July 01, 2015)

    Here are tales of fabulous advances made in anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, and linguistics, stories of the Anasazi, the "old ones" of the southwestern desert, of the great explorers, eccentrics, dreamers,...

    The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from The New Yorker

    by Maeve Brennan Counterpoint (April 15, 2015)

    From 1954 to 1981, Maeve Brennan wrote for The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” department under the pen name “The Long-Winded Lady.” Her unforgettable sketches—prose snapshots of life in small restaurants,...

    The Object Parade: Essays

    by Dinah Lenney Counterpoint (April 15, 2014)

    This new collection of interconnected essays marches to a provocative premise: what if one way to understand your life was to examine the objects within it? Which objects would you choose? What memories do they...

    Prisoner of Zion: Muslims, Mormons and Other Misadventures

    by Scott Carrier Counterpoint (April 01, 2013)

    Soon after the World Trade Center towers fell on 9/11, it became clear the United States would invade Afghanistan. Writer and “This American Life” radio producer Scott Carrier decided to go there too. He...

    It All Turns on Affection: The Jefferson Lecture and Other Essays

    by Wendell Berry Counterpoint (September 01, 2012)

    When he accepted the invitation to deliver The Jefferson Lecture—our nation’s highest honor for distinguished intellectual achievement—Wendell Berry decided to take on the obligation of thinking again about...

    Final Fridays

    by John Barth Counterpoint (April 10, 2012)

    For decades, acclaimed author John Barth has strayed from his Monday-through-Thursday-morning routine of fiction-writing and dedicated Friday mornings to the muse of nonfiction. The result is Final Fridays,...

    Another Turn of the Crank

    by Wendell Berry Counterpoint (July 01, 2011)

    Wendell Berry proposes, and earnestly hopes, that people will learn once more to care for their local communities, and so begin a restoration that might spread over our entire nation and beyond. The renewed...

    Standing by Words

    by Wendell Berry Counterpoint (June 01, 2011)

    “If we fail to do what is required and if we do what is forbidden, we exclude ourselves from the mercy of Nature; we destroy our place, or we are exiled from it.”

    The essays of Wendell Berry are an extended...

    The Etiquette of Freedom: Gary Snyder, Jim Harrison, and The Practice of the Wild

    by Gary Snyder, Jim Harrison & Paul Ebenkamp Counterpoint (September 10, 2010)

    Gary Snyder joined his old friend, novelist Jim Harrison, to discuss their loves and lives and what has become of them throughout the years. Set amidst the natural beauty of the Santa Lucia Mountains, their...

    Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food

    by Wendell Berry & Michael Pollan Counterpoint (July 28, 2009)

    Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berry’s caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence. Long before Whole Foods organic produce was available...

    The Stone Boudoir: Travels Through the Hidden Villages of Sicily

    by Theresa Maggio Counterpoint (April 01, 2003)

    In this sparkling book, Theresa Maggio takes us on a journey in search of Sicily’s most remote and least explored mountain towns. Using her grandparents’ ancestral village of Santa Margherita Belice as her...