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"If information highways are the wave of the future then I will build information country roads on which the traveller can reach the truth faster by going slower. . . ."
On these same country roads, far from the intrusions of modern technology, the Amish, Quakers, and other "plain folk" live their unencumbered lives, close to the land, in peaceful, smoothly-run communities. The thought-provoking, often challenging essays in The Plain Reader are written by men and women who rarely speak outside the borders of their local townships, and provide us with unique perspectives on life stripped down to necessity. Originally published in Plain Magazine, these pieces are sure to inspire reflection.
Reading about a garden cooperative in Connecticut, the raising of a home with only plaster and straw in hand, a fascinating trip to New York City through Amish eyes, compels each of us wonder: Can I too survive without television or that high-tech appliance cluttering my kitchen counter? Am I just a cog in the wheel of the global economy? Is isolation from one another and from the earth the simple destiny of humankind? Each rich, personal essay in this provocative collection offers solace, wisdom, joy, and quiet space for contemplation.
Hand-produced and spread mainly by word-of-mouth, Plain: The Magazine of Life, Land, and Spirit is written by people who have chosen to live close to the land and as much as possible without the intrusion of modern technology. Its Quaker, Amish, and Luddite contributors experience life much as it was lived in the preindustrial age -- and tell others how they can do the same. "The Plain Reader" is the first collection for general readers and anyone looking for a greater connection to nature, spirit, and community.
Here are thought-provoking, sometimes challenging essays by such contributors as Wendell Berry, Jerry Mander, and Gene Hodges on home schooling; homegrown food; birth by midwifery; community gardens -- and how to build your own home. Here, too, are lessons in achieving solace, wisdom, contemplation, and joy.