Editor’s Note

Issue 55: Seeking silences, Yellowstone's extreme life, and the ironies of wildfire. /

In our previous issue, we traveled to Antarctica and Alaska. Freshly cooled off, now we’re taking you into the hot springs and wildfires. Summers always tend to end with a heat wave, don’t they?

Another theme in this issue: The US National Park Service, which turns 100 one week from today (August 25). Both Kyle Rohane’s examination of thermophiles and Dorothy Boorse’s meditation on wildfire center on events at Yellowstone, America’s first national park. And Rebecca Randall heads to Washington’s Olympic National Park in search of the country’s quietest spot.

But there’s another theme, too: finding life. Spiritual speech in places famous for silence. Creatures thriving in boiling water. Beauty from ashes.

An announcement

It’s that “beauty from ashes” theme that has especially resonated as we’ve celebrated our second anniversary as a magazine and looked to the future. After a lot of discussion, we’ve decided that the September 1 issue of The Behemoth, our next issue, will be its last.

I have loved working on this magazine and I’ve loved hearing from you readers. The Behemoth has received a ridiculously large number of “fan” letters for such a small circulation, and we’ve savored every one. But it’s the size of that small circulation that has prompted our move. I knew The Behemoth’s readers would be a relatively small cadre of renegades who want to opt out of the false outrages of social media and superficial religious squabbles—a coterie of awe aspirants and wonder hunters. It turned out that world may be bigger than I’d thought; the vision resonated with nearly everyone I talked to. The problem has been ...

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Also in this Issue

Issue 55 / August 18, 2016
  1. Traveling into Silence

    A journey into two of the quietest places on earth. /

  2. Life in the Cauldron

    Meet the hearty tenants of Yellowstone’s deadly hot springs. /

  3. Wildfire’s Dangerous Renewal

    Awe and lessons from Peshtigo, Yellowstone, and Fort McMurray. /

  4. Christ as a Gardner

    “I never noticed it until they died.” /

  5. Wonder on the Web

    Issue 55: Links to amazing stuff.

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