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About Opportunity, Montana

Opportunity Montana is a blog about a book in the making. It chronicles my move (back) to western Montana, where I’m living in a borrowed cabin between Georgetown Lake and Anaconda for six months, from July through December 2010. I’m here researching and writing a book about the tiny community of Opportunity, the devastation and resurrection of the nearby Clark Fork River, the encompassing natural and human history of the state of Montana, that history’s complicated relationship with the American imagination, and, incidentally, my obsession with canoeing moving water. It’s about copper mining, extractive economies, restoration ethics, and the sacrificial landscapes created by the production of wealth. It’s about deciding where waste goes, the ways in which we find our own places in the world, and the consequences of those choices. It’s about falling in love with a place and coming to terms with the fact of its fucked-upedness.

I’ve been thinking and studying and reading on it for about five years now. Now I’m revising a proposal and writing it. I have an agent but not yet a publisher. Here I’ll post progress reports, photos, samples, documentation, relevant links, interview excerpts, and/or other miscellanea, probably once or twice a week.

If you have tips, suggestions, pointers, information, or any other form of insight into or curiosity about the project, I’d be happy to hear from you.

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  1. matt combs permalink
    August 18, 2010 3:17 pm

    well brad,

    you’re keeping me away from being productive again. can’t seem to get enough of reading about Montana right now. every fibre of my being wants to get in my car and drive north. gotta go sell some dirt (that’s what we call it within the industry) and try to make a buck. have a great day!

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