What is the West?
Is it a set of shared values? An affection for altitude, pines, and windburn? Maybe a certain sense of history? Is it a myth? Or just a reluctance to settle down—a vision of something better over the ridge?
In this series we’ve invited our past authors and artists to take their crack at answering this very basic and complicated question: What is the West? What does it mean to them? Thought-provoking, humorous, heartfelt, poetic, and always impassioned, their answers may well surprise you.
Click on the images below to see what your favorite authors have to say. And come back often, we'll be adding more in the months to come.
David Allan Cates
Debra Magpie Earling
Cheryl Diane Kidder
Allen Morris Jones
Jeff P. Jones