Uncollected Essays

"Thinking About Language," The Living Wilderness (Autumn, 1974), p.2.

"Winter Melons," Harper's Vol. 248, No. 1484 (January, 1974), 87. (Review essay)

"The Shape of Change: Idea in Theodore Roethke's Love Poetry," Mill Mountain Review Vol. 11-2 (1975), 125.

Introduction, Moments of Light, Fred Chappell. Newport Beach, California: New South Press, 1980.

"Wish I Had Pie," Black Warrior Review Vol. 8, No. 2 (Spring, 1982), 75.

"The Joys of Reading," New York Times Magazine, May 16, 1982. Reprinted in Ellis, Fall, 1982; Fiction Writer's Market, Cincinnati, 1984.

"Yemen: The Land Nobody Knows," Signature Vol. 18, Issue 5 (May, 1983), 36. Reprinted in Grand Tour, Winter 1996.

"Why I Live Where I Live," Esquire Vol. 101, No. 3 (March, 1984), 90.

"Four Bits," Ploughshares Vol. 10, Nos. 2 & 3, p. 68.

"The Purification of Poetry -- Right out of the Ballpark," Parnassus Vol. 11, No. 2 (Fall/Winter, 1984), p. 287.

"Writing 'God in the Doorway,'" Jeffrey L. Duncan, Writing from Start to Finish, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985, p. 279.

"Singing with the Fundamentalists," The Yale Review Vol. 74, No. 2 (Winter, 1985), 312. Reprinted in Books and Religion Vol. 13, Nos. 4 & 5 (May/June, 1985). Reprinted in Scott Walker, ed., The Gray Wolf Annual Three. St. Paul, 1986. Reprinted in The Resourceful Writer, New York, 1987, and The Bedford Reader, New York, 1988 and other textbooks and anthologies.

"Streetcars," Lee Gutkind, Our Roots Grow Deeper Than We Know, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1986.

"Galapagos Revisited," Signature Vol. 21, No. 8 (Aug. 1986).

"The Leg in the Christmas Stocking: What We Learned from Jokes," The New York Times Book Review, Dec. 7, 1986.

"Postscript on Process." X. J. Kennedy and Dorothy Kennedy, The Bedford Reader, New York, 1985, p. 107.

"How I Wrote the Moth Essay--and Why," Thomas Cooley, The Norton Reader, New York, 1986, p. 13.

"Sirens of the South Seas," Signature, July, 1985. Re- printed in A. Grove Day, The Lure of Tahiti, Honolulu: Mutual Publishing Company, 1987.

"The French and Indian War: A Memoir," American Heritage Vol. 38, No. 5 (July/August, 1987), p. 49.

"Nature Writing," historical annotated bibliography, Antaeus: On Nature, 1986.

"Notebook," Antaeus: Journals, Notebooks and Diaries No. 61 (Autumn, 1988), p. 84.

"Making Contact," Yale Review (Summer, 1988), p. 615.

"To Fashion a Text" in Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. New York Book-of-the-Month Club, 1987, 1995. William Zinsser, ed., with Russell Baker, Lewis Thomas, Toni Morrison, Alfred Kazin. Reprinted in Wilson Quarterly (New Year's, 1988). Reprinted from Wilson Quarterly to American Illustrated (in Russian), and translated from Russian to Arabic for Tunisian magazine Al Majal. This is emphatically not interesting; I renounce it.

"Luke," Antaeus, ed. Daniel Halpern, Ecco Press, New York, 1989. Also in (and written for) Incarnation, ed. Alfred Corn, Houghton Mifflin, 1990; Penguin Books, 1991.

"Frontier City," Literary Outtakes, ed. Larry Dark, New York, 1990.

"A Writer's Landscapes," in Japanese magazine Impressions (also in Wesleyan).

"Studies," in Architectural Digest, June, 1996.

"River Goods," Pittsburgh History, Winter 94-95.

"Hard Times in Ultima Thule," New York Times Book Review Bookends (back page)--April 20, 1997--Short essay on Holder Laxness 1946 epic, Independent People.

"Advice for Young Writers," Image, No. 16 1997. Do not read this crap.

"Antarctica," 5-part article for Microsoft's failed on-line Mungo Park, Jan 98.

"This is the Life," in Image, spring 2002 (9/11 issue), reprinted in Harper's as "How to Live," June 2002, and in Shields, David, and Morrow, Bradford, The Inevitable (New York, Norton) 2011.

"Carol Munder," in Photography Annual 21st Century (2004 or 2005).

Etruscans Losing Their Edge, The American Scholar, Spring, 2004.