American Rivers is a forum that I use to share thoughts on ecology, law, politics, philosophy, and music, as well as nature photography and stray observations. The blog takes its name from a song by Tom Russell—one that resonates strongly with me. You can listen to a live version of the song here, and read my observations about it here.
But who am I? I studied biology at Arizona State University; I am currently at Harvard Law School, where I am focusing on environmental law. I am extremely interested in science and the natural world, and using the former to preserve the latter. Politically, I take the view that the government ought to work pragmatically to achieve a decently equitable, free, nonviolent, and environmentally sustainable society, and that all people should be treated with respect regardless of race, sex, gender-identity, sexual orientation, or ability. By American standards, this makes me something of a radical leftist, but I should think that says more about the reasonableness of American standards than the reasonableness of my own views.
I enjoy listening to and making music, my favorite artists being The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, the Rolling Stones, Radiohead, and the Mountain Goats. To find out what I’m listening to, visit my last.fm or rateyourmusic. To hear what I’ve been making, visit my soundcloud. More of my nature photography can be found here.