Originally on my SUBSTACK!

You know, there’s the thing people say now that like “we can’t talk to one another anymore.” And I think the way that most people read our pathological dialogue is that it’s representative of some deep underlying philosophical difference — that there is, in fact, a deep disease, an irreconcilable chasm, that we’re careening toward another Civil War in this country because those people are not like us. And I basically think that’s bullshit.

I think in many ways we just haven’t done the work to become more self-aware of what conversations we’re having when we’re…


What and where and when do you imagine climate change? If you were to point it, where would you point? To nail down “the problem” of climate change I’d argue is impossible. Its problemed-ness perfuses every moment in time and point in space. It is everywhere and nowhere, everywhen and nowhen, everywhat and nowhat all at once. And yet we talk about it in so many fucking ways that contradict and muddle one another as to render it nearly unimaginable.

Over a few posts, I’m going to try to type out a handful of different ways I think it’s useful…


This past October I was sitting in my bedroom in my pajamas. On one screen I had the mind-numbing Senate confirmation hearing of Amy Coney Barrett and on another, I had the Yale Doctoral Seminar, a required course for all incoming Ph.D. students at the Yale School of the Environment. And there was this beautiful, dark, terrible moment where the protagonists of both joined in chorus, in two separate notes from the same key, the same color palette, the same overused broadly bullshit philosophical position to say, essentially, “my job is to just be objective.”

There on the Zoom screen…


Originally published in Sage Magazine.

On a hot day in the summer of 2018, I woke up to red and blue lights saturating the white dolomite walls that loom over the Ten Sleep Rock Ranch, the new rock climber’s campground in the canyon just upstream of the town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. I had been in the area for a few weeks, but this was the first time I’d seen any signs of law enforcement. The lights shut off as the cruiser rolled to the back of the new campground.

The police report later said that ten shots were fired…


Although absentee ballots were mailed out more than a week ago and early voting continues daily throughout the state, many Wyoming residents will head to the polls on August 18th to vote in our state primary elections. This year, Democrats will have the opportunity to elect Lynnette Grey Bull as their candidate to beat Liz Cheney for Wyoming’s sole seat in the US House of Representatives. In doing so, Lynnette would become the first Native American in the history of Wyoming to ever run in a major party election for federal office. I’m going to vote for Lynnette Grey Bull…

Jesse Callahan Bryant

Jesse is a Ph.D. student at the Yale School of the Environment, creator of the Yonder Lies podcast, and instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.

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