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makes a lousy site because of its remoteness not to mention its horrible landing to the airport Alaska attracts very independent and anti authoritarian types of people so it witnesses a battle between those suffering from the Sierra Club Syndrome or others fondly embracing the Dallas Scenario Many of these folks are affectionately profiled in the third section John Cook for example has consciously tried to eliminate the need for money and authority He tries to live on 1500 a year this was written in the mid seventies he has a series of trap lines and rarely uses a parka even at 30 The closest town is Eagle about 30 miles away via dog sled with a population of about 100 Almost all live by the ut restrictions on code Never put restrictions on any individual Up here they ain t gettin you for spittin on the sidewalkIronically most moved there for the space yet land is less available as of 1977 than in the lower 48 because when Alaska became a state deals were made with the native Americans and the federal government to set aside almost the entire state as either a reservation or park land Whereas before statehood someone could build a cabin 80 miles from nowhere now a government helicopter might fly over and throw them out Homesteading no longer exists but in Alaska that loss seems especially poignant in territory where you might have to fly somewhere to take a shower I ve read this twice many years apart Mostly a historic document now but what a historyOne of the rereads was in our camp at Flat an old and formerly very very rich placer camp It was a pretty miserable ob cheap Puckster's First Hockey Sweater jr company but I needed the work but a nice group of co workers Iditarod was the river port for Flat Somewhere I have a handful of blank checks from the vault of the old Bank of Iditarod Tony s is the review to read McPhee isust a flat amazing writer 44 stars by memory I was really hoping this would be about geology along the lines of Basin and Range It wasn t It s divided into three sections in the first McPhee wanders around unpopulated Alaska with several other men in several canoeskayaks I think one was from the Sierra Club one from the Bureau of Land Management etc They fished to supplement their food supplies and camped along the rivers and streams The second section was about the attempt to get Alaska s capital moved from Juneau I now know about this issue than I ever wanted to At the end of the section it really sounded like the move was going to come off people voted and wanted the capital moved to Willow This was written in 1977 But a check of the primary authority on such matters Wikipedia shows that Juneau is still the capital so McPhee must have been stoned or something when he wrote that sentenceIn the third section McPhee moved to Eagle a teeny tiny town on the Yukon River and pretty much ust interviewed the residents of Eagle and told us their stories Some are interesting some aren t The 2010 census showed the population of Eagle as 86In spite of the need for women to be tough in the wilds of Alaska there are no women s libbers here The women do all the cookin and much much wood choppin skinnin of critters waitin for the menfolk to come a home from their tripsMaybe a few people sound relatively sane but most sound a bit crazy Or a lot crazy There are your Cliven Bundy types up there They don t like the people of the lower 48 dictating the rules in Alaska Alaska is different People of Alaska hear me Alaska is not different It is a state that in many respects is ualitatively different from say Connecticut It is not legally Constitutionally different Because you build a cabin on a plot of land trap and hunt your own critters for food bulldoze yourself a gravel landing strip for your little plane it does not follow that you now own that land Don t get all uppity when the Bureau of Land Management comes to tell you you don t actually own that land You know how I know I own my home Because I wrote a check the bank agreed to supply the rest we had a ceremony with lawyers for both sides where we all signed many sheets of paper and at the end of it one of these sheets of paper was the title and deed to my home Plus I pay real estate taxes on this home If the Bureau of Land Management comes to tell me I don t own my home then we have a problem You Alaska trapper and fisher with no title to your little cabin you don t have a problemMcPhee s writing style wears thin This was 438 pages of it Alaska the early 1960s Darkness covered the land The latest winter storm which by then had already lasted half a century still showed no sign of ending The cold and the snow were beginning to wear the proud Alaskans down Then Russia invaded Again The fledgling state was unprepared for war and so the Alaskan Militia fell back before the forces of the Dark Lord Stalin and the Red Army of Moscow reached the walls of Juneau For two days and nights the city was bombarded by co. McPhee segues from the wilderness to life in urban Alaska to the remote bush count. He wolves or bears had got them The moss and muskeg would hide their bonesThough I saw little of Alaska it was enough to grasp its fas Things I learned about Alaska Merrill Field a light plane airfield in Anchorage handles fifty four thousand flights per year than Newark International This is so because bushplane trips are common than taxis or driving the roads being what they are Fried cranberries will help a sore throat That somethings are better left unchanged or not re named What would you call that mountain WillieDenali I ll go along with the Indians that farEveryone aboard was white "But Willie William Igiagru Of Arctic Alaska And He "Willie William Igiagru Hensley of Arctic Alaska and he again Denali What hell did McKinley ever doI learned the difference between a visitor and a tourist in Alaska A McKinley ever doI learned the difference between a visitor and a tourist in Alaska A stays a week and drops four hundred dollars A visitor comes with a shirt and a twenty dollar bill and doesn t change either oneI learned that Alaska is a great place for nicknames Pete the Pig Pistolgrip Jim Groundsluice Bill Coolgardie Smith Codfish Tom Doc LaBooze the Evaporated Kid Fisty McDonald John the Baptist Cheeseham Sam and the Man with the Big Nugget I actually came across a Codfish in my own travels but I have an odd obI learned that bear scat is fairly but not acutely fresh when it glistens but has stopped smoking Not everything I learned will I actually useI learned that Alaska at least the Alaska of 1977 was a place where people tired of government and other people fled to I learned that the government followed them there and refused to let them alone I learned that Alaskans are prone to a philosophy LIVE EACH DAY SO THAT YOU CAN LOOK EVERY DAMN MAN IN THE EYE AND TELL HIM TO GO TO HELLWe need such people At least we need a place where such people could go A place I might go if it wasn t so cold A place so vast and unpeopled that if anyone could figure out how to steal Italy Alaska would be a place to hide itThis was another wonderful trip that John McPhee took me on It s dated to be sure But wonderful characters are portrayed good stories told In the battle between independent brave individuals and a pedantic fuzzy wuzzy government John McPhee leaves no doubt whose side he is on I love McPhee s writing I first read this book when it was published in part in the New Yorker and again soon after it was published as a book So this is the third time I ve read it I ve read maybe ten books three times so I really really like thisFirst because McPhee writes so beautifully He could write about anything and I would read it I ve even read his geology books Not because I like geology I don t but because I Liar just eat up his words It is like eating chocolate I usually stop when the supply runs out not because I m finishedSecond the people and the spirit that makes up Alaska Everything is so unbelievably huge I love the stories about people who cut tractors up into pieces fly them to remote regions weld them back together so they can build an airstrip for a bigger planeThird the Alaska he writes about was disappearing when he wrote it and has been replaced with at least two generations of Alaska since then I will be visiting Alaska this summer and I am looking forward to seeing what s new and what remains of the old Will it be strip malls I ll let you know If anyone could figure out how to steal Italy Alaska would be the place to hid it What a vivid way to describe Alaska s immensity There has been a host of excellent books on Alaska My favorite until recently was Joe McGinnis s Going to Extremes but John McPhee s Coming Into the Country is wonderful too McPhee s book is divided into three parts first an exploration of wilderness described during the course of a canoekayak trip down the Salmon River Much in the manner of the river his descriptions meander into all sorts of eddies and whirlpools His description of bush pilots is priceless On one occasion he is flying a regularly scheduled airline mind you in a single engine plane in horrible weather The pilot is skimming the trees to find landmarks because he can t see anything He has a map on his lap but suddenly hands it to a passenger to help figure out where they are I had been chewing gum so vigorously that the hinges of myaws would ache for two days Stumbling on a grizzly bear in a blueberry patch fortunately upwind he muses on the best way to survive a grizzly s charge no consensus of opinion but most survivors believe the best thing to do is stand absolutely still and shout as loudly as possible for that is the least likely reaction the bear which does not have good sight would expect of game Running away is useless for grizzlies are very fast They are also uite coordinated They enjoy schussing down snow covered mountains at 96 feetsecond through trees and around boulders only to screech to a stop stand up and walk away ust before going over the edge of a cliff The second part of the book discusses the Alaskan government s search for a new capital and th. Hich shifts scenes freuently and yet manages to tie the work into a rewarding whole. Brilliant three part million facet look at Alaska My favorite part Is Probably The First The probably the first The River which is literally a textbook example of how to write a travel narrative with a grizzly at each end The middle part is sly political commentary but the last and longest part is what McPhee is always doing introducing you to people and arranging that you see the world from their eyes even when they can t do that for each other The scale and the number of inhabitants of Eagle AK and environs is suitably Alaskan and so alien to what I like believe care for or share that it is astounding how long I spent in that place and still enjoyed myself It s always McPhee without a wristwatch terrified of grizzlies and listening loudly that makes this work Recommended for social distancing McPhee s Coming Into the Country is rightly considered a classic with its detailed description on "LIFE IN MID 1970S ALASKA MUCH OF THE WRITING "in mid 1970s Alaska Much of the writing stunning packed full of river trips and anecdotes about characters the author encountered during his many months in the country He captures well the contradictions embodied in many Alaskans a thirst for solitude alternating with a an affinity for social gatherings an abhorrence of government even as they live and trap on public land and the sparse population combined with a sense that there are few places left to go live and be free McPhee s writing style that there are few places left to go live and be free McPhee s writing style of rapid fire uotes summing up various points of view is effective in conveying these contradictions He also captures an important transitional time in the state s history when the Trans Alaskan oil pipeline and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act were new realities Read nearly 40 years after it was published I believe the book reflects an important historical slice of Alaskan cultureDespite the overall high uality of writing I found that some parts dragged I found myself skimming dozens of pages related to a possible shift of Alaska s capital city from Juneau to parts unknown If 45 stars were possible that is what it would receive from me This book has meant a lot to me as an Alaskan interested in the raggedy interplay between development and conservationism although I had never read it in its entirety Now I have I would say this book at best offers a kind sympathetic view of all sorts of Alaskans circa 1977 a period which I ust barely remember from grade school I still recall the statewide debate on whether to give Mount McKinley the newold name of Denali as part of ANILCA then called the D 2 Lands Bill which was a hot button topic ie federal take over for Alaskans such as my parents I remember the debate to move the capital to Willow I remember John Denver s goodwill trip to Alaska to promote conservation and the passage of ANILCA It was all HIGHLY charged politics in which the feds were dabbling playing frivolizing with OUR land The outgrowth of both the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and the Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act are INCREDIBLY far reaching with regards to living and working in Alaska today In that respect the first two chapters of the book are now dated and rather nostalgic kind of a time capsule of what was going on while these landmark Congressional laws were being sussed outThe chapter Coming Into The Country nearly half of the book on the Yukon RiverCharley River area of Interior Alaska was by far the best part of the book focusing on the communities of Central Circle and Eagle and the idealistic sometimes hard nosed characters that live there Although McPhee in what I ve read was an impressionable young man leaning to the side of environmental conservation at the expense of economic development I think his writing in this book shows both a reverence for Alaska s brand of wilderness in a word awesome as well as a sympathetic humane perspective on the toll that Congressional protectionism environmental regulation and romantic idealism has on the lives of real families living in the country The best writing is the transcription of ournal entries made by a young man Rich Corazza living alone in a cabin somewhere around Eagle This section is one third into the last section Coming Into The Country and made me grin and laugh out loud A true seeker with a good dose of humor and longing A year or two out of college I was employed at a bookshop in Seattle earning little than minimum wage For a change of scene I signed up with some friends to work the salmon season at a cannery in Alaska It was rough work seven days a week 8am to 11pm or to 1am on nights when you had cleanup duty We didn t get to see much of real Alaska but you could feel it around you The wilderness The cannery was located on an island in the southeast of the state The town was small for anyplace other than Alaska with not much than a single road The rest of the island was uninhabited People wandering into the interior were sometimes never heard from again No one went in search of them It was assumed This is the story of Alaska and the Alaskans Written with a vividness and clarity Coming into the Country


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