Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
“Fire Season both evokes and honors the great hermit celebrants of nature, from Dillard to Kerouac to Thoreau—and I loved it.”
—J.R. Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar
“[Connors’s] adventures in radical solitude make for profoundly absorbing, restorative reading.”
—Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air
Phillip Connors is a major new voice in American nonfiction, and his remar...more
I probably wouldn't be so hard on this book in the review if I hadn't just finished ...more
“That thing some people call boredom, in the correct if elusive dosage, can be a form of inoculation against itself. Once you struggle through that swamp of monotony where time bogs down in excruciating ticks from your wristwatch, it becomes possible to break through to ...more
It is tinged with melancholy, because of the tragedy of his brothers suicide, but this is the place that he feels most alive in.
He writes of the wildlife that he sees, the majesty of the views and the terror and power of the amazing electrical storms.
He has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are breathing the same air, looking from the same tower, watching the same wildlife.
The book covers one year of lookout duty by Connors, starting with a five mile hike up the mountain with his dog, Alice. His food and other supplies will be brought in by mule. The wet spring quickly turns dry and he spends his time rea ...more
As an agriculture technology student that plans to go into Forestry. Living in Texas, close to where this book takes place. I guess it simply just struck a, common ground with me. A ground very intimate and close to my heart. As a lover of nature and the wild this book has kickstarted me on a habit for wanting to delve deeper into the literary minds of lookouts and nature loving individuals and stories in general.
This book, while it may s ...more
It doesn’t take much in the way of body and mind to be a lookout…it’s mostly soul. --Norman Maclean
Perhaps it is not so strange in this day and age to want to have time alone to think about the world and one’s place in it. It may be necessary to first take that step away to appreciate the benefits of solitude. Some of us imagine we would revel in it, but surely one must also have a sense of loss—a sense of disconnectedness and of strangeness with the world. Perhaps this sense of being apart is t ...more
Connors' book is a memoir of sorts of his time spent as a wilderness fire lookout; Strayed's book is a memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. they have a lot of similarities--wilderness, solitude, self-reliance, joy in relatively un ...more
Despite all the vitriol we've directed at it, despite all t ...more
Inspired by the experiences recounte ...more
"Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout"
by Philip Connors is one of those relaxing airplane ride books or winter fireside reads that really lets you understand how being on a fire watchtower, miles from anyone else could be both exciting and soul refreshing. Solitude is something that many of us don’t get enough of anymore. At the same time, when the storms come in and Zeus starts throwing his bolts of fire and Thor hammers you from all sides, the Go ...more
Connors also has a lot to say about fire, of course, and as I read this book downwind of the Las Conchas fire, now the biggest ever recorded in NM, I found his perspecti ...more