Nearly a decade ago, Philip Connors ditched his job as an editor at the Wall Street Journal to spend his summers sitting in a glass-walled perch, 10,000 feet above sea level, watching for smoke. As a fire lookout, Connors follows in a venerable literary tradition–Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Norman Mclean, and Gary Snyder were all firespotters–and in Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout (available April 5), Connors writes with eloquence and awe about his unusual job and the mythic landscape he watches.
You can get a glimpse of Connors’ life and landscapes in the trailer below.
Philip Connors will be at M&Q on Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30pm. Details are here.–David E