With Every Great Breath
New and Selected Essays, 1995-2023
by Rick Bass
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Pub Date 06 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 23 Jan 2024
Catapult, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull Press, Counterpoint
For acclaimed writer and environmental activist Rick Bass, it can be wearying to dwell relentlessly upon the broken, the fragmented, the dead and dying and doomed to extinction. Activism is a necessary part of the environmental movement, but so is the time-honored celebration of the beauty that inspires us.
Spanning his storied career, these new and selected essays attempt to take a brief step to the side, away from lamentation and prescription, to inhabit, as deeply as possible, the greater depths of the beauty in each moment. With Every Great Breath ranges from the extremely local—a long-form essay about the community affected by the largest Superfund site in U.S. history, in Libby, Montana—to the far-flung: the Galápagos, Namibia, and Alaska. Throughout, Bass offers a portrait of our planet that is always alert to its wonders, even in the face of environmental crisis.
SELECT PRAISE FOR RICK BASS
“Durable and authentic . . . A writer who can both frighten and amaze.”
“A master craftsman.”
―Los Angeles Times
“What a voice! True and desperate, and full of longing.”
“Rick Bass is the rarest of writers, someone whose stories I'll read again and again.”
“A seasoned author in full possession of his art and craft.”
―The Denver Post
“Probably no American writer since Hemingway has written about man-in-nature more beautifully or powerfully than Rick Bass.”
―The Dallas Morning News
“Rick Bass is the real news, beyond one’s hopes.”
“One of our best writers.”