Reading Selections Urban-Rural Thinkin' & Drinkin'

Option 1:


Excerpt from The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love, by Kristen Kimball (Scribner, 2010).

Kristin Kimball (b. 1971) graduated from Harvard College in 1994 and worked as a literary agent and writer in New York City. In 2002 she met and later married “a wingnut farmer named Mark,” and together they founded Essex Farm in New York’s North Country – the world’s first full-diet CSA. Her sequel to The Dirty Life, Good Husbandry: A Memoir, will be released in October 2019.


Excerpts from Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette by Bill Kauffman (Macmillan, 2003).

Bill Kauffman (b. 1959) is an American political writer generally aligned with the localist movement. He was born in Batavia, New York, and currently resides in Elba, New York, with his wife and daughter. He is the author of America First!: Its History, Politics, and Culture (1995), With Good Intentions?: Reflections on the Myth of Progress in America (1998), Look Homeward America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists (2006), and Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Anti-War Conservatism and Middle American Anti-Imperialism (2008)


Option 2:


Excerpt from Letters from an American Farmer by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur (The Belknap Press, 2013)

Born in Normandy, France, J. Hector St. John De Crèvecoeur (1735 – 1813) was a  cartographer in colonial New France who moved to the Province of New York after the 1759 French defeat in the French and Indian War. In 1770 he purchased a Hudson Valley farm, married a local woman and prospered. At the outbreak of the Revolution, he returned to France. In 1782 he published a volume of narrative essays entitled Letters from an American Farmer. The book quickly became the first literary success by an American author in Europe and turned Crèvecœur into a celebrated figure. He was the first to describe to Europeans life on the American frontier and to explore the concept that became known as the American Dream.


“How Half of America Lost Its F-ing Mind,” by David Wong ( 2016), edited and abridged

Jason Pargin (b. 1975), known by his pen name David Wong, is an American humor writer born in Lawrenceville, Illinois. He is the executive editor of the humor website and has written four novels: John Dies at the End (2007), This Book Is Full of Spiders (2012), Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (2015), and What the Hell Did I Just Read (2017).


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