Joseph Keller

Photo by: Richard Felber

Joseph Keller grew up in exurban Connecticut, in a modern wood-and-glass house nestled on a hillside amid Norway spruces and sycamores. When he was young, Keller and his brother played baseball on a lawn that sloped down to a pond ringed with ash, maple, and elm. Two decades later, the games are long over and the pond is gone — having first become overgrown and, finally, a marsh — but Keller is still around. He lives across town in his own house, but gardens his parents’ property.