Launched in the fall of 2012, Wildsam is a series of American field guides, small books with a lot of soul, packed with local lore, interviews, a cultural almanac, vignetted memoirs, a best-of list, hand-drawn maps, and much more. Our books are equal parts travel guide and tribute, for both weekender and native alike.
We often come back to a phrase written by John Steinbeck when thinking 'about' Wildsam. "And the world was peopled with wonders." If you have not read East of Eden, the scene's gist is this: an Irishman settles with his sprawling family on a dried-up spread in the Salinas Valley. One day, out digging a well with his two sons, the men hit a quarry of unfamiliar black rock. One son thinks it might be a buried locomotive. The other, some valuable ore. The father, Sam, thinking he might be looking at a fallen meteor, gets what Steinbeck describes as "that joyous faraway look" on his face. It is the very best description of curiosity in American letters, I think.
We believe Steinbeck's words to be as true as the ground we walk on. And we make our field guides in hopes of populating their pages with those buried joys.
Our second field guide - Austin, Texas - will launch in May 2013.
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About the editor. My name is Taylor Bruce. I've spent the better part of ten years writing for magazines. Men's Journal, Budget Travel, Southern Living, Oxford American, Paste, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Adventure, and a few others. My favorite place in Nashville is either the Station Inn or a rope swing on the Harpeth River. Today, I live in New York with my wife, Robin, and our big white dog, Coop.
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