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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft



I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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The Alaska Homesteader's Handbook: Independent Living on the Last Frontier by Tricia Brown and Nancy Gates
The Alaska Homesteader's Handbook: Independent Living on the Last Frontier

dylan johns, February 27, 2013

From a person who pre-ordered the book with excited anticipation of what stories lied within, I was very disappointed after and giving it a quick read (and quick does not describe a casual attitude of engagement)- This book is rather simplistic in both the stories about life as a homesteader and the information provided, falling incompletely between a narrative and reference. For the most part, each person's story is told and their tip provided on two facing pages of the book, which by nature does not provide much room for enlightenment. Half of the narrative tends to describe the person's family members and how they wound up in Alaska, rather than discussing what life living in Alaska is like. This would be fine to an extent, however this is generally repeated for most of the people showcased in the book and not what I expected to find. As someone who has been building a library of helpful reference books, I would strongly recommend the Country Wisdom and Know how series as a starting point.
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