Thacker Pass, extractivism, and the fiction of necessity

Musings on memory, place and travel in the Anthropocene

Cathedral Peak, Tuolumne Meadows. Credit: Jon Sullivan.

Adam Curtis’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn

Musings on risk, the voices in our genes, and the way forward in an uncertain future

Friedi Kühne Free Solo on the classic Lost Arrow Spire highline in Yosemite Valley, 2018. Credit: Raiz2cork, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Thoughts on watery worlds of the distant past and the not-so-distant future

Flood Myths

Who speaks on their behalf? Who’s listening?

Photo by Vladimir Kudinov on Unsplash

A Great Presence

Exploring the web of relations connecting people, nature, art, evolution, and the gift economy

Apples of the Eye

The evolution of the eye, ancient astronomy, and Roden Crater

Space That Sees, James Turrell Credit: Xsteadfastx — Own work CC BY 3.0,

— Rainer Maria Rilke, “The Night” (Robert Bly translation)

Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash

Matt Miles

Writer. Poet. Maker. Permaculturist. Lover of remote places and dark skies. Contact:

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