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I went for a hike. I got wet. I got grumpy. I got to have a beer at the end.

"After pitching our tent I wrapped myself in every piece of dry clothing I had (dry bags, the miners didn’t have those either) and hid under the roof of the large, new, open-air structure that Park Service has built there, drinking coffee and telling anyone who crossed my path that if I ever leave Alaska, I’m moving to the desert."

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David James is an Alaskan author and literary critic whose work has been published by the Anchorage Daily News, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Anchorage Press, Alaska Dispatch News, and Ester Republic. He is editing a forthcoming anthology of Alaska writing.


The Literacy Council of Alaska helps immigrants in Fairbanks find their way to work, success, and citizenship.
“In the borough there are over 10 thousand people who don’t speak English as their first language. That’s over 10 percent of our population,” explained Mike Kolasa, the council’s executive director, adding, “Last year we had 175 English language learners students.”
The man who first mapped Alaska's North Slope, and who rubbed shoulders with Arctic legends Roald Amundsen and Vilhjalmar Stefansson, finally gets noticed. Unfortunately the resultant book never brings him to life.

"The most extensive records of this and his subsequent trips are Leffingwell’s journals, and he was quite spartan in his language, something readers discover from the excerpts Collins includes. With little else to go on, she’s left to provide a daily account of where Leffingwell went and what he saw, temperatures, weather conditions, who he interacted with, perhaps what he ate, and not much more."