This very short short story appears in Orion
's January/February 2010 issue. Originally written for 350.org, co-founded by Bill McKibben, this piece about restraint is precisely 350 words, 350 parts per million carbon dioxide in our atmosphere being the upper limit beyond which, scientists say, the damage the Earth is sustaining will accelerate. (The load of CO2
in the atmosphere first passed 400 ppm in May 2013.) Dave Eggers selected "The Trail" for Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010
. Paul Moxon of Fameorshame press
designed, printed, and assembled a limited edition broadside of "The Trail" while he and BL were at the Penland School for Crafts in November 2011.