Tuesday, March 10, 2015
I spent much of last week at Stanford's Bill Lane Center Rural West Conference, which was held this year in Troutdale, Oregon just outside of Portland. The excellent interdisciplinary conference introduced me to some wonderful scholars and works that I plan to share over the coming weeks.
The first of these is Bill Wyckoff's (Montana State - Geography) wonderful new book, How To Read the American West. Below is a YouTube video in which Bill gives a description of the project, which is organized around 100 western cultural and geographic features. In the video, you can see some of Bill's pictures taken from several years of traveling through every county in the western United States. It seems destined to be a classic work on the American west of the early twenty-first century.