Micah Fields is the author of We Hold Our Breath published June 20th, 2023 by W. W. Norton & Company. We Hold Our Breath is a portrait of a city that exists despite it all, a city whose story has always been one of war waged relentlessly against water…
Fields depicts the history of Houston with reverence and lyrical certainty, investigating the conflicting facets of Texan identity that are as resilient as they are catastrophic, steeped in racial subjugation, environmental collapse, and capitalist greed. He writes of the development of the modern city in the wake of the destruction of Galveston in 1900; of the wealthy Menil family and self-taught abstract painter Forrest Bess, a queer artist and fisherman born in 1911 who hardly ever left the Gulf Coast; of the oil booms and busts that shaped the city; of the unchecked lust for growth that makes Houston so expressive of the American dream”–
Walter Kirn is the author of eight books and an e-book, including Up in the Air and Thumbsucker, both of which have been made into feature films, and, most recently, Blood Will Out, a memoir of his friendship with the con artist and murderer Clark Rockefeller. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine,The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, GQ, and Esquire, among other publications, and he was the Easy Chair columnist for Harper’s Magazine. He is currently writing a book, The Last Road Trip, about driving around America, and is Editor-at-Large for County Highway.
Amanda Fortini has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The Believer, California Sunday, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Elle, Slate, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including in Best American Political Writing and Best American Travel Writing, and she was the 2020 recipient of the Rabkin Prize for arts journalism. She is currently writing a book of essays about Las Vegas, Flamingo Road, and the “Remedies” column for County Highway.
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