Rick Bass

is the author of thirty-one books, including the forthcoming novel, All The Land To Hold Us. He lives in the Yaak Valley of northwest Montana, where he is a board member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies.

The Thinness of the Soil

I live in a place that amazes me. This is the condition of love: the eye and the soul love that which they behold as familiar, and are amazed by that which is not and may never be familiar. This…

The Blue Tree

It’s the afternoon of the day before Christmas Eve, and still there is no tree. Somehow the week has just slipped away. It’s taken them forever to get packed and ready for the trip to their cabin in the woods,…

Two Museums

When our Parisian friend Isabelle asked which part of the Louvre I wanted to look at first, I responded like a cretin, an infidel, and told her the nineteenth-century French painters: the equivalent, I suppose, were someone to come to…