Below is a speech Lopez gave in 2008 at the Morgan Library at a ceremony celebrating young writers.  Note the date – rather prescient.
I can’t recommend “Artic Dreams” too highly, and it was one of most highly acclaimed books of the 1980’s.   It’s about nature, and history and writing.
I asked for and kept his address because he speaks movingly about the need for authors to write from their inner selves to animate the subject matter of the problems and issues of the real world.  In great writing, facts are not enough – the voice of the artist gives them shape and weight.

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