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hell of a writeup

April 22, 2013

hazlittIt’s really incredibly gratifying to have a skilled writer give some serious thought to one’s book, and to take it new places. Thanks, Linda Besner.

When someone moves to a new country and progresses through the stages of citizenship, we say that they are “naturalized.” When we “naturalize” nature, we also demand that it live by our rules. Rivers in Montana are supposed to be curvaceous, clear, and stocked with rainbow trout. It’s a cultural construction as much as a natural one; there’s a specific vista that encapsulates what Montana means to Americans.

You should really read the whole thing here.

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