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Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry & Gary Snyder

by Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder & Chad Wriglesworth Counterpoint (May 13, 2014)

In 1969 Gary Snyder returned from a long residence in Japan to northern California, to a homestead in the Sierra foothills where he intended to build a house and settle on the land with his wife and young sons....


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...


Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps

by Robert Phelps, James Salter, John McIntyre & Michael Dirda Counterpoint (June 21, 2010)

James Salter had written two novels, The Hunters and The Arm of Flesh, but it was his third, remarkable novel A Sport and a Pastime, together with his film Three and a script he had written for Downhill Racer...


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...


The Guy Davenport Reader

by Guy Davenport & Erik Reece Counterpoint (July 01, 2013)

“The difference between the Parthenon and the World Trade Center, between a French wine glass and a German beer mug, between Bach and John Philip Sousa, between Sophocles and Shakespeare, between a bicycle...


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...


Lost Son: Hermann Broch's Letters to His Son, 1925-1928

by Hermann Broch Counterpoint (December 01, 2012)

By any measure, Hermann Broch was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Author of The Sleepwalkers and The Spell, he stands, together with James Joyce and Marcel Proust, at the pinnacle of literary...


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,...


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 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...


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...

  • Don't Save Anything

    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...


    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,...


    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....


    From the Monastery to the World

    by Ernesto Cardenal, Thomas Merton, Jessie Sandoval & Robert Hass Counterpoint (September 15, 2017)

    Merton has written more than 70 books on spirituality, social justice, and pacifism

    Cardenal has been described as one of the most important poets in Latin America

    In 2005, Cardenal was nominated for the Nobel...


    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....


    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...


    East Into Upper East: Plain Tales from New York and New Delhi

    by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Counterpoint (April 01, 2016)

    Hailed as one of the best books of 1998 by the Los Angeles Times, this group of twelve short stories was written over the past twenty years. From the steamy streets of New Delhi to New York's tony Upper East...


    In Search of Love and Beauty

    by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Counterpoint (April 01, 2016)

    This observant and insightful novel reveals, in rich and poignant detail, the interior lives of three generations of people in their quest for love and beauty Louise, not content with her husband's gentle affection,...


    Jay to Bee: Janet Frame's Letters to William Theophilus Brown

    by Janet Frame & Denis Harold Counterpoint (May 01, 2016)

    In 1951, just days before her scheduled lobotomy after years in a mental hospital, New Zealand author Janet Frame’s first collection of short stories unexpectedly won the Hubert Church Memorial Award, one...


    Sweet Theft: A Poet's Commonplace Book

    by J.D. Mcclatchy Counterpoint (April 01, 2016)

    Centuries ago, when books were rare, those who owned them would lend them to friends, who in turn would copy out passages they especially liked before returning the precious book to its owner. These anthologies...


    This is Not a Novel and Other Novels

    by David Markson Counterpoint (March 01, 2016)

    David Markson was a writer like no other. In his novels, which have been called “hypnotic,” “stunning,” and “exhilarating” and earned him praise from the likes of Kurt Vonnegut and David Foster Wallace,...


    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...


    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 Rose Garden: Short Stories

    by Maeve Brennan Counterpoint (April 15, 2015)

    A literary event—twenty short stories by the late Maeve Brennan, one of The new Yorker's most admired writers. Five are set in the author's native Dublin, a city, like Joyce's, of paralyzed souls and unexpressed...


    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,...