David Starkey's Living Blue in the Red States PDF

By David Starkey

ISBN-10: 0803260083

ISBN-13: 9780803260085

Political pundits by no means tire of reminding us of the good cultural divide among conservative “red” states and liberal “blue” ones. yet good judgment tells us that no longer every person in those states could be politically like-minded. David Starkey, a former red-state resident, questioned what politically revolutionary artistic writers have been feeling within the wake of George W. Bush’s reelection. How, Starkey requested participants, does one stay blue in a pink state.
This ebook offers many solutions. Writers as diversified as Jonis Agee and Stephen Corey, Robin Hemley and Lee Martin (a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist in fiction), Donald Morrill and Wyoming poet laureate David Romtvedt describe what it truly is wish to reside in a area that doesn’t regularly percentage one’s values. whereas pointedly revolutionary, the gathering brings jointly the paintings of essayists who glance past the passions of the moment—the struggle in Iraq, the rallying of definitely the right round social concerns, the Democrats’ failure in 2004—to the necessity for cohesion. occasionally funny, occasionally poignant, constantly enlightening, those essayists’ perspectives testify to the facility of writing to convey us jointly as one kingdom of no matter what color.

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It is land that belongs to all of us, but land that most will never set foot on. It is hard country and not particularly welcoming. So it is easy to think of it as expendable. ” As it happens, I have been to the Refuge. When our Cessna broke through the clouds above Schrader Lake, I could not quite make out what I was seeing. There seemed to be clumps of bushes scattered all around the lake. I knew enough to understand they could not be trees. We’d left trees behind on the other side of the Brooks Range.

I ask because the spring at Fox is only a few hundred yards up the road from the intersection of the Steese and Elliott Highways. Looking north from that intersection, looking if you could all the way to the Yukon River, you would see a giant pie-shaped piece of public land, land we all own together. A person can hike on it, fish its creeks, ski or snowmachine to its cabins. Or a person could mine it or timber it even, though the timber is nothing to speak of. I ask because the powerful engine that drives our wants and needs requires constant fueling, and that fuel has to come from somewhere.

He and the sanctuary staff had helped these bears feel comfortable around humans by teaching people how to behave calmly, predictably, without fear or aggression. It had worked. Bears nursed their young within view, ambled past people, even napped beside the platform. We ourselves had watched bears mating twenty feet from us, or eating fish within our reach. Staff biologists have never once fired their shotguns at McNeil. Away from the river, some bears would flee the moment they spotted a person—but some would not.

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