Lake Glass

Video Essay by Tom Montgomery Fate + Dwight Irwin

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Exploring the nature of time and the natural world’s innate ability to recover from human degradation.



Tom Montgomery Fate is the author of five books of nonfiction. The most recent is Cabin Fever (Beacon Press, 2012), a nature memoir. His essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Orion, Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches creative writing at College of DuPage in suburban Chicago. Learn more at

Dwight Irwin is a Chicago videographer and filmmaker. His films and videos for nonprofits, universities, and major corporations have won many prestigious awards.

Header photo by Dwight Irwin. is the world’s first online journal of place, publishing a rich mix of literature, art, commentary, and design since 1998.