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Jonathan Thompson, a Silverton friend (he might disagree) from the old days is beginning a new adventure, publishing.  He’s experienced and wise … he started The Mountain Journal in Silverton, Colorado at the turn of the century (21st), worked for others as editor of High Country News and has a book published, River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster (Torrey House, 2018). He’s all around cool and so is his family. Please send $ and boxtops to this deserving character, poet and author of the soul..  i’m cashing my next welfare check and joining the $100 club.
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Lost Souls Press is dedicated to printing books that otherwise might end up floating around in publishing Purgatory for eternity. By donating to this campaign you not only will be pre-ordering one or all of our initial three books, but will also be providing seed money to help launch this small, independent press and publish the long list of works in our hopper.


The seed of Lost Souls Press was planted when I set out to find a publisher for my first novel, and second book, Behind the Slickrock Curtain. I’ve published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, had one non-fiction book published in the traditional manner, and I’m working on a second. The process for fiction, on the other hand, proved to be an agonizing, interminable, ego-crushing process. And even if I did get a contract, it would take longer for the book to be published than it did to write the damned thing. It seemed as if this book — along with all the other novels I had planned — was doomed to languish in the realm of literary lost souls.

But I’m not one to give up so easily. Twenty years ago, my wife Wendy and I tried and failed to buy the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in Silverton, Colorado. Did we surrender? Nope, we just started our own publication. Why couldn’t I do the same, but with books?

And thus, Lost Souls Press sprouted, not only to rescue Behind the Slickrock Curtain from publishing Purgatory, but also the two novels that my father, Ian M. Thompson, wrote before he died two decades ago. Plus, I’ve got a bunch more books to write, myself, including a collection of essays and images, at least two more novels, and even a cookbook. Lost Souls Press will enable me to get these books out into the world of readers, where they belong.

That’s where you come in. Publishing isn’t free. Editing, design, marketing, and the oodles of coffee required to coax the words out of one’s brain and onto the page — it all costs money. I hope to raise enough up-front through pre-orders and donations to cover the basic costs of publishing our first three books:

Behind the Slickrock Curtain: An environmental thriller starring Malcolm Brautigan, Eliza Santos, and Utah’s Canyon Country, by Jonathan P. Thompson, (Summer 2020).

The Wingate Project: A sweeping historical novel based in the Four Corners Country, by Ian M. Thompson, (Fall 2020).

The Feral West: Writings and images from the home place, by Jonathan P. Thompson (February 2021).

The proceeds from the sales of those books will then go toward publishing the other volumes in the hopper, including but certainly not limited to:

Black Snow: A former hobo reminisces about riding the rails, politics, and philosophy, by James O. Aldrich

Better Than Keks Cookbook: Healing recipes for a f#$#ed up world, by Jonathan P. Thompson

Snow Screen: In which chem-trails, murder by avalanche, cloud-seeding, and small-town journalism collide. Starring Malcolm Brautigan, Eliza Santos, and the Woman with the СНЯГ tattoo.

Ortega, a novel by Ian M. Thompson.

Carbon Colonies: The rise and fall of the fossil fuel empires in the Southwest, non-fiction by Jonathan P. Thompson

Sonntag: The incredible true story of a German Jew who spent the War in Auschwitz and the American GI whom he befriended, by Wendy Thompson and Jonathan P. Thompson.

Mine Pool: An Eliza Santos and Malcolm Brautigan novel, by Jonathan P. Thompson

Pinhead Chronicles: A steampunk novel based on the true story of Tesla, Telluride, the electrical grid, and Lucien L. Nunn, by Jonathan P. Thompson


I’m Jonathan P. Thompson, and I’m a writer — and editor, photographer, and artist. I am the author of River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster (Torrey House, 2018), and I’m working on a second non-fiction book for Torrey House about southeastern Utah. I’ve been flinging words for a living since 1996, when I first got a job with the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in Silverton, Colorado. Since then I started my own publication, owned and ran the Silverton Standard, and have worked in a variety of capacities — including editor-in-chief — at High Country News, where I’m currently a contributing editor.


The funds raised will help cover the costs associated with publishing the first three books, including: editing, copyediting, book design, coffee, cover design, software, art acquisition, coffee, ISBN numbers and bar codes, printer setup, printing, marketing, coffee, shipping, and book tour expenses.

This is a flexible funding goal, meaning that no matter how much is raised during the campaign, Lost Souls Press will publish these three books. If we fall short of the goal, it will just take a little more, let’s say, creativity (and coffee, albeit cheap coffee), on Jonathan’s part. If we go over the goal, it will ensure that we can publish more of the books on our list. That means that no matter how much you give, you’ll be doing your part to bring these works into the world. Plus, the perks are awesome! Here’s what you get for forking out the following amounts:



Ghosts of the future ~ The Washington Post

A massive Canadian fossil trove reminds us how fleeting life on Earth can be — and how much peril we’re in

Christina Chung for The Washington Post

YOHO NATIONAL PARK, British Columbia

If the history of Earth is condensed to fit in a single 24-hour day, life emerges sometime before dawn. Photosynthesis evolves around midmorning, and the atmosphere becomes oxygen-rich right before lunch. But most of the day is utterly boring; all organisms are microscopic and occupied with little more than belching gasses and oozing slime.

It isn’t til 9 p.m., about half a billion years before the present, that we see the first complex, multicellular beings. Scientists call this juncture the “Cambrian explosion” — the moment when billions of years of bacteria gave way to the rapidly evolving beings we know as animals. This evolutionary burst is responsible for every elephant, every fly, every bowlegged amphibian and wriggling worm, every complex creature that ever walked, swam, flew or scurried on this Earth. And I’m about to witness it firsthand.

“Ready to go back in time?” asks Ardelle Hynes, a cheerful, ponytailed ranger at Yoho National Park in British Columbia.

It’s a drizzly July morning, and I’m huffing in Hynes’s wake as we ascend a sheer mountainside in the Canadian Rockies. Our destination, high on the cliff face, is a jumble of 510-million-year-old rocks known as the Burgess Shale.

Formed during the middle part of the Cambrian period, the shale boasts tens of thousands of perfectly preserved fossils from the dawn of the animal kingdom. Many were soft-bodied organisms whose existence in most other places has been lost to the ravages of time. This wealth of small, strange specimens has shaped scientists’ understanding of evolution and offered insight into the link between Earth’s climate and the life it can support, making the Burgess Shale one of the most precious and important fossil sites in the world.

This remarkable record exists only because of a catastrophic underwater landslide that buried the organisms in a deluge of sediment millions of years ago. The sand was so fine it would have filled the animals’ gills and the hinges of their legs, trapping and suffocating them. The high alkalinity of the oceans, combined with the utter absence of oxygen, would have held at bay the bacteria that would otherwise decompose an organism’s soft and squishy parts.

“Think about all the factors that had to come together for us to be able to experience this,” Hynes says. The animals had to die in a manner that allowed them to fossilize. Those conditions had to persist for millions upon millions of years. The rocks had to be lifted from the bottom of the ocean to the top of the world by the action of tectonics, and then scraped by the slow crawl of glaciers to reveal the treasures they contained. And, finally, an enterprising ape species had to evolve sufficient intelligence to invent the field of geology, hike up this mountain and recognize the significance of what they found. “Aren’t we lucky?” Hynes says.

Comer a los ricos

San Juan Pirate

Now I believe my decision to relocate from Colorado was correct ! Hello EPIC Pass, we shot the last buffalo – Señor Wells


Vail lift ticket $209 allows you to experience this …


We shot the last buffalo.
Then we ate Colorado.
God please forgive Frank Buckley, the Eskimos and the Empire Sweet Shop.
It seemed OK at the time.
I used to believe that Hell was listening to a hockey game on the radio. I now know
Hell is I-70 on a winter’s weekend.
A billion billion Hail Mary’s will not forgive our sins.
God damn a potato !

Fall Creek monk


The 2010s will go down in history as Earth’s warmest ~ The Washington Post

The planet is also finishing its warmest five-year period as effects are felt from the oceans to the Greenland ice sheet.

Global average surface temperature departures from average for the January-to-October period. (WMO) (World Meteorological Organization)

December 5

The 2010s almost certainly will be the warmest decade on Earth since instrument temperature data began to be gathered in the 19th century (and very likely long before that), according to new data released this week from the World Meteorological Organization. “Since the 1980s, each successive decade has been warmer than the last,” the WMO stated in its provisional state of the climate report.

The WMO also found that the past five years have been the warmest such period on record, as 2019 careens toward the second- or third-warmest year.

The past month tied for the warmest November on record globally, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, in a statistical dead heat with November 2016 and just behind November 2015. The global average temperature in 2019 (January through October) was about 1.96 degrees Fahrenheit above the preindustrial period.

What’s remarkable about the warmth this year is that there has been no strong El Niño present in the tropical Pacific Ocean, as there was in 2015-2016. Such events tend to boost global average surface temperatures and can reconfigure weather patterns from the United States to Africa and Australia. Typically, the hottest years of a given decade occur when an El Niño is present, but 2019 illustrates the increased role played by human-caused climate change in driving temperatures ever higher.

One trend the WMO pointed to is a sharp uptick in ocean heat content, which is leading to more pervasive marine heat waves.

Marine heat waves in 2019, with the dark red areas denoting the “severe” heat wave category. (WMO) (World Meteorological Organization)

The oceans are the world’s main heat sponge, absorbing more than 90 percent of the added energy building up in the climate because of increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases.

“In 2019, ocean heat content in the upper 700 meters (in a series starting in the 1950s) and upper 2000 meters (in a series starting in 2005) continued at record or near-record levels, with the average for the year so far exceeding the previous record highs set in 2018,” the WMO found.

Marine heat waves can have a cascading effect on marine ecosystems, bleaching or even killing coral reefs, driving out cold water fish species, and causing mass mortality events in iconic marine species such as gray whales.

The effects of warming were observed far and wide. The Greenland ice sheet shed an unusually large amount of ice in 2019, the WMO found, amounting to a loss of 329 billion tons. This was not a record but was well above the long-term average of 260 billion tons per year. Ice melt from land-based ice sheets, including Greenland, are the largest contributor to sea level rise.