Periodically I am mailed books for review, such as Rachel Maddow’s well researched recent bestseller, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, or the excellent Beaver Manifesto, which analyzes the vital role played by that keystone species. Awhile ago I received Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America by Nick Rosen in the post. I have lived off the grid in many different situations at various locations over the course of my life, and I really wanted to like this book.
I repeatedly tried reading the volume several times when it first arrived, and the paperback has been staring back at me from my things to do shelf for well over a year now. I do not usually invest much energy into reviewing books that I find painful to read, so I believe that the kindest thing that I can do is just reprint the opening paragraphs of this text so that you can draw your own conclusions:
“Sequoia had been both feared and loved by the residents of Greenfield. Her temper was legendary, and yet, according to Mike, who settled here in the 1970’s, ‘She could have had any man on this ranch’.
In her heyday and beyond, several mourners told me, she would stride around the back roads wearing nothing but cowboys boots, her flame-red hair reaching down to her ass, a joint hanging from her pouting lips, boyfriend du jour at her side.
And now her she was in dim light, lying in state on the clubhouse table, dressed in white and cream, like Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, surrounded by piles of flowers, her fave heavily made up, her long tresses combed straight down.”