This essay, “Loon Boy,” won terrain.org’s nature-writing essay contest recently. My friend Simmons Buntin, the founder of Terrain.org, had asked me to be the judge, which I was honored to do. Their staff winnowed the entries down to four and sent them to me. In the end, I chose the essay that was the most old-fashioned of the choices, I think—it’s more typical nature writing—but there is something so generous about this essay that it becomes tremendously powerful.
It’s a 19-minute read, a love offering to you.