Jason Heppler

Went birding today along the Platte River in search of Sandhill Cranes. Beautiful March day.

Alaska isn’t suppose to be an inferno—but its summers are now so warm that apocalyptic wildfires are almost inevitable.

Climate Freeloaders Are Destroying the Planet

It’s snowing snowballs.

After taking a long break after the first episode (the violence of it turned me off for a bit), I finally finished Godless. Lots of typical western tropes, but a great series overall. Wonderful acting, at times hard to watch, but beautifully shot. 📺

Just a bit of snow in the Dakotas.

“The leadership’s strategy for how to respond to the peril seems to be to ignore it and hope it resolves itself. Tenured and tenure-track professors appear to understand the predicament of the newly minted Ph.D., but pathologically avoid addressing it.”

Finished reading: Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett 📚

Currently reading: Continental Reckoning by Elliott West 📚

In the mailbag.

Good morning.

The Death by Numbers team at RRCHNM is excited to announce the beta launch of our digital history project.

First thunder of the year.

I never tire from a rewatch of Oh Brother Where Art Thou?.

Finished reading: Chemical Lands by David D. Vail 📚

After spending years thinking about and writing about a single county in California, it’s been nice to revisit scholarship and ideas about the American West more generally as I think through the contours of book two.

In the mailbag.


Currently reading: Colony and Empire: The Capitalist Transformation of the American West by William G. Robbins 📚

Currently reading: The Settler Sea: California’s Salton Sea and the Consequences of Colonialism by Traci Brynne Voyles 📚

Revisiting another classic I haven’t read since grad school.

“Every presidential administration wants to fix America’s ‘crumbling infrastructure’ until they discover the business interests profiting from disrepair.”