Barry Lopez, author, "Arctic Dreams," "Of Wolves and Men," "Home Ground"
Air Dates: June 17-19, 2017
This week's guest on “Report from Santa Fe” is Barry Lopez, author and essayist whose work is known for its humanitarian and environmental concerns. He has created 14 works of fiction and nonfiction, among them “Resistance,” “Outside,” “Home Ground,” and “Crossing Open Ground.” Lopez won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for “Arctic Dreams” and his “Of Wolves and Men” was a National Book Award finalist.
Barry Lopez was a Guggenheim Fellow, received the Lannan Literary Award, the Literary Award for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the John Burroughs Medal, Oregon Governor’s Award, Oregon Book Award, among others. Lopez has been described as "the nation's premier nature writer" by the San Francisco Chronicle. In his non-fiction, he frequently examines the relationship between human culture and physical landscape, while in his fiction he addresses issues of intimacy, ethics, and identity.
Lopez discusses his extraordinary book “Resistance,” a collection of interconnected stories about resistance to conformity, consumerism, and fascism. He urges his readers to lead lives of resistance, especially given the current political climate - “I wanted the book to be a source of not just hope but a source of another path, a different way to meet the beast than the ones that we have chosen because that beast will devour us. And if we can’t see ways to resist that are effective and take care of us and take care of our children we are lost.”
"We cannot, of course, save the World because we do not have authority over its parts. We can serve the world though. That is everyone's calling, to lead a life that helps."Barry Lopez