David Gessner

David Gessner is chair of the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the author of All the Wild That Remains and Leave It As It Is. This essay is adapted from his latest book, Quiet Desperation, Savage Delight: Sheltering with Thoreau in the Age of Crisis.

Remembering Brad

What a stroke of luck when some of your favorite books were written by one of your dearest friends

by David Gessner | Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Dangerous Ground

When confronting matters of race, some boundaries are more easily breached than others

by David Gessner | Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Taking Down Teddy

In our rush to condemn the heroes of the past, we must be sure not to abandon empathy

by David Gessner | Thursday, September 10, 2020

Looking Back From the End of the World

What Thoreau can teach us about living life during—and after—the pandemic

by David Gessner | Tuesday, June 02, 2020

A Planet in Peril

Can humanity engineer its way out of trouble?

by David Gessner | Monday, March 05, 2018

The Taming of the Wild

As we celebrate the centenary of the National Park Service, a meditation on “the best idea that America ever had”

by David Gessner | Monday, June 06, 2016