A celebrated writer of fiction and nonfiction, Barry Lopez (19452020) was awarded the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams, the John Burrows Medal for Of Wolves and Men, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship among other honors, and in 2020 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
On LocationBy Barry Lopez
TEN YEARS AFTER THAT WEEK on St. Lawrence Island, and after thousands of miles of sojourning in places all over the planet, most of them unknown to me until I arrived, I was working on a story in the eastern Mojave Desert, in Southern California. Hiking across a narrow valley in that basin and range country, I spotted a man in the distance. He was carrying a bright green satchel over his shoulder. Its wide strap cut diagonally across his chest; through my binoculars I could see that he was gripping some loose pages in his left hand.