In “All the Magic I Had Hoped For” Justin Nobel wanders into the Louisiana woods and discovers the last members of the Apalachee Indians—the Appalachian Mountains are named for this once great tribe. In Arkansas, he encounters a group of weary but starry-eyed diamond miners, and on a moonlit night in rural Oklahoma, kids introduce him to “backroading.” Justin travels to the Arctic to learn about a lost Inuit way of death, and Japan to find the fabled “Granny-dump Mountain.” This handsome travelogue contains a multitude of strange and captivating worlds. Justin’s stories have been published in Tin House, Oxford American, Orion, Newsweek, TIME and Audubon. His writing has been featured in Best American Travel Writing 2011 and Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014.

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