'No Good Alternative': On America's Love Affair With Coal
An excerpt from William T. Vollmann's new book.
William T. Vollmann is the author of 10 novels, including Europe Central, which won the National Book Award. He has also written four collections of stories, including The Atlas, which won the PEN Center USA Award for fiction; a memoir; and six works of non-fiction, including Rising Up and Rising Down and Imperial, both of which were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His journalism and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, Granta, and many other publications. He lives in California.