Bill Fox remains stubbornly outside the ability of critics to label him. An independent scholar, a cultural geographer, an essayist, a poet, a travel writer, Fox remains someone outside the framework of expectations who consistently brings together unexpected fields of knowledge in order to illuminate the subjects at hand. He has been an arts consultant, curator, and visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute. He has written widely on the nature of deserts and the role of the arts in American culture. He is the author of, among other books, Playa Works: The Myth of the Empty, Mapping the Empty: Eight Artists and Nevada, and The Void, The Grid, and The Sign: Traversing the Great Basin (all available from the University of Nevada Press). His work on cognition and the landscape includes time in the Antarctic as a visiting writer with the National Science Foundation and work in the Arctic with NASA on the Haughton-Mars Project. He lives in BurbankFox, William L. is the author of 'Void, the Grid, & the Sign Traversing the Great Basin', published 2005 under ISBN 9780874176186 and ISBN 0874176182.