Real America Is As It Is Made


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  1. Greginak

    Good stuff. Great images of the vast nothingness of so much of the west. Some of it is beautiful even if it is stark at best and not hospitable. But whatever it is, it’s all real. Everything is.Report

  2. fillyjonk

    Nice piece. I live in the Southern Great Plains and some of what you said resonates for here; there are parts of my own state where I know you buy gas/use a restroom when one presents itself whether you need it or not, ‘cos it might be a couple hours before you get the chance again. It took considerable adjustment moving here from the Great Lakes region where generally towns are self-contained and even a smallish town will have much of what you need – here, an hour’s round trip for an unremarkable restaurant meal does not seem odd; where I used to live, you’d only drive that far for a very special reason.

    I admit I’m still not fully adapted to this place, 20 years on; there are still spots I’m not comfortable walking into (first as a young woman, when I moved down here, now as a middle-aged woman). I still feel like an outsider a lot of the time…Report

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