The United States mostly lies between the 30th and 45th parallels — now isn't that just the very best of temperate climes? A review of Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America by Stephen Trimble. American Pastoral: A review of Ken Burns's works on the National Parks. The phenomenon of public gathering is by no means unique to America, but the contemporary U.S. landscape is full of environments, both built and natural, with an undeniable magnetism for crowds. The easy way to purify our geography: If it's named for a scoundrel, change the namesake. The strange fruit of desperation: How con men and paranoiacs learned to love the Hardin huskow. Jane Ciabattari on Writing the West: The stories told in these books arise from this bitterly inhospitable, starkly beautiful landscape. Welcome to Ecotopia: As the Pacific Northwest goes green, it is becoming more estranged with the rest of the country. In Salt Lake City’s suburbs, the newest great dead American economy lies in wake atop the rumblings of the last one. Why is Joel Kotkin extolling the virtues of suburbia? Immigrants and the Suburban Influx: They used to flock to big cities — that's changing, as the Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County is discovering. To the people of the small American city of Fort Hood, Texas, war is nothing new. To live in a small town is to be connected, and not electronically or digitally; rather, it means to be connected to people in the flesh, to actual places, to land and buildings, to a common past. Can old-fashioned New England ingenuity solve some of our most intractable global problems? Bill McKibben on how New England can save the world (and part 2). Vermont Libre: Imagine Free Vermont, the Switzerland of North America — but why doesn't Vermont just annex itself to Canada and get it over with?