Saturday, August 24, 2013

Americans Against the Grid

"Going off the grid has always been an American aspiration," says William T. Vollmann, telling us he "might define an American as follows: longing for and half-expecting perfect freedom and happiness; disappointed by the authoritarian constraints of present necessity (which we'll call 'the grid'); unnerved by the conflict between aspiration and reality; uncertain whether to blame oneself or others for imperfection; ready to 'reinvent' oneself to achieve self-sufficiency, profit, or peace" — Let's Get Lost.


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