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    All the Pretty Horses Must Die

    Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

    (Originally published at the Daily Beast) On the day I visited the wild horses of Onaqui, in northern Utah near the Nevada border, the night had been very cold, but when the sun hit noon and bathed the desert, they were relaxed enough to play. A bachelor male masturbated by slapping his penis against his […]

    Confessions of a liberal gun nut

    Sunday, September 24th, 2017

    by Christopher Ketcham (this piece originally appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine) Gun nuts aren’t always creatures of the political right. Consider your heavily-armed author’s position: I say gun ownership is a necessary line of defense against investment bankers, Wall Street lawyers, big business, the corporatized wing of the Democratic Party, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, […]

    How Obamacare fails my family

    Sunday, September 24th, 2017

    My latest re the nightmare of Obamacare:

    A Biocentrist History of the American West

    Monday, October 31st, 2016

    (Originally published at Harper’s, as a companion to my investigation of the USDA’s Wildlife Services) When in the late nineteenth century millions of cattle and sheep invaded the ecosystems of the American West, it produced, as historian Donald Worster writes, “the explosive, shattering effect of all-out war.” Native plants were trampled beneath hooves and replaced […]

    Latest in Harper’s: An Investigation of the USDA’s Wildlife Services and its war on the wild

    Monday, October 31st, 2016

    My latest piece in Harper’s is about the stupid, cruel, wanton waste of the USDA’s wildlife slaughter program called Wildlife Services. Read all about it here and weep.

    Extinction, the New Environmentalism and the Cancer in the Wilderness

    Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

    [Originally published at CounterPunch] The word is in from the wildlife biologists. Say goodbye in North America to the gray wolf, the cougar, the grizzly bear. They are destined for extinction sometime in the next 40 years. Say goodbye to the Red wolf and the Mexican wolf and the Florida panther. Gone the jaguar, the […]


    Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

    My latest in Harper’s was the cover of the February issue, a story about the plundering of the public lands of the American West by the livestock industry. Find it here. For Earth Island Journal’s Spring 2015 cover story, I spent five days backpacking in Grand Canyon National Park for an investigation into the idiocies […]

    Drought, Wolves, Plagiarists, Our Eastern Forests Ruined, and the Deserts of Utah too

    Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

    I’ve been neglecting this website for more important things — like, you know, life — but readers have been complaining. Forthwith an update on my latest work. In Harper’s last April: a story of drought and the Southwest. In Vice Magazine last February: a story of infiltrating a bloodthirsty wolf-and-coyote derby in Idaho, where contestants […]

    Latest in Harper’s and the American Prospect

    Monday, May 28th, 2012

    My latest for Harper’s, published in the January issue, is about the normalized criminality of the banking and mortgage industry, as the plundering of the American homeowner continues apace. The American Prospect last December published a piece of mine about Occupy called “The New Populists: The Rise and Fall of Zuccotti Park.” Also in the […]

    Reculer pour Mieux Sauter: Facebook and the Degradation of Personhood

    Monday, May 28th, 2012

    Behold homo sapiens lashed on the wheel of the digital social network: held frozen over a computer which is tied by a cord to a wall wherein the fiberglass cable carries the message; staring into the lit screen, the face pale in the unnatural light; or, with head bent in the street, the appearance sullen, […]

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