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ഒ Uses of text Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America ඈ Kindle Author James Fallows ඲ ഒ Uses of text Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America ඈ Kindle Author James Fallows ඲ Montgomery County traffic, Cirrus Four three five Sierra Romeo taking Runway one four, VFR departure to the west Montgomery. Deborah FallowsAnd with that, we were off, flying away from frigid Washington, D.C., and its political postelection turmoil, on a southerly route to California.We had flown nearly one hundred thousand miles in nearly four years in our small plane, with Jim as pilot and me in the right seat We began in my home territory of the Upper Midwest, then headed over to Maine and flew south through New England and the Mid Atlantic states to Georgia and Florida We swept farther through the Deep South, to Texas and the Southwest, up the Central Valley of California to Oregon and Washington, and closed the loop after leaving Montana All the while we snaked in and out of the so called flyover country, through Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and much .We have landed in dozens of towns and cities along the way, anticipating in each of them local stories that would organize themselves into some kind of composed narrative about the backbone and character of the region and maybe beyond that, to help explain the character of the country We began by looking for towns with positive energy, with signs of rebound from some kind of shock or shift, like a mine or factory that had closed or waves of people whod departed or newcomers whod arrived We ended up adding towns with down and out reputations where we truly feared for what we might find Life upon landing was never quite what wed planned.We have stayed in towns for weeks at a time We have often revisited them, following threads from one person, or one group or town institution or movement, to the next, settling into the local rhythm We have gone to town plays and musicals, sat in on civic meetings, hung out at coffee shops and brewpubs, spent days at schools, libraries, and ball games, taken tours of downtowns, visited factories, start ups, and community college classes, taken boat rides and bike rides, swum in local public pools and run on high school tracks, borrowed cars, and stayed in motels, private homes, and one off eco hotels We remained long enough to begin to imagine how much we didnt know, but also to appreciate the unusual opportunity weve had, in seeing a broader sampling of modern Americas realities than most of its citizens will ever have a chance to do Im not a pilot, which is often an uncomfortable admission I dont share the zealous passion for flying that I have seen in most pilots, and my eyesight has always been, well, wanting If Jim says, Do you see the runway , Ill mumble something in return But after a thousand hours of being in the right seat, I know a lot about flying the plane I know its repertoire of gurgles and agitations as well as I knew those of our infant children I am very familiar with the gauges, navigation, radio work with ATC, steering the plane, and I know how to pull the parachute, which deploys from the fuselage and settles the plane in a true emergency The parachute of the Cirrus, now the best selling small aircraft in the world, eliminates night before flight worries for me.We stopped in Las Cruces in search of cheap fuel and a late afternoon lunch We never knew what kind of food we would find Many times, vending machine peanut butter crackers were the best we could do I worried about this a lot in our early days Our go to provisions were a cool sack with dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, carrots, hummus, grapes, cheese, Vitaminwateryou get the picture Over time, the list became leaner and leaner By now, than three years later, wed actually become aficionados of jerky beef, buffalo, reindeer, elk, spicy, lime ginger, teriyaki One Uber driver who drove us on an unscheduled stop in Wyoming went on for twenty minutes with stories about his homemade jerky from a personal drying machine When lunch in Las Cruces didnt work out, jerky it was.We pressed on for another hour or so to Tucson The mountains deflated into undulating brown hills We flew over flatlands with occasional volcanic outcroppings and long stretches of almost surreal desert landscapes that looked like pointillist paintingsAs we flew over Palm Springs, the aerial road signs were becoming familiar the mountains north and south, the desert settlements below, the wind farms, the Banning Pass through to the Los Angeles basin We flew over Redlands, our destination, to San Bernardino and the long, wide runways that had once accommodated B 52s when this site was Norton Air Force Base Jim guided our Cirrus in, hovering near touchdown in the wind gusts for the final few hundred feet Landed What were we supposed to feel now, some twenty five hundred miles and four days later Or one hundred thousand miles and four years later Maybe like Mark Twain, I thought, one of the writers whose account of an epic journey I had read At the end of twenty days by stagecoach, the Washoe Zephyr, from Missouri to the territory of Nevada, Twain wrote, It had been a fine pleasure trip we had fed fat on wonders every day we were now well accustomed to stage life, and very fond of it so the idea of coming to a stand still in a village was not agreeable, but on the contrary depressing.We, too, had indeed fed fat on wonders every day Our ending didnt feel as sad as Twain described his, but he was young then and didnt understand yet that you can craft many adventures in a lifetime I knew we would head on to many adventures, and that this ending was, again, another beginning Charleston, WV James Fallows Mountain Stage is the main national media production coming out of West Virginia, and it has been a significant force in country music It was carried by 150 stations nationwide at the time of our visit, and in the next two years it expanded to 200 The list of artists who had their first live broadcast exposure to a national audience under host Larry Groces auspices is so long and impressive that at first I didnt really believe it but then I checked it out We got to see a live Mountain Stage performance at the Civic Center in downtown Charleston, before an enthusiastic and youngish full house crowd.A few days after the show, we went to see Groce and his family at their house, both to ask him about the programs history but also because his name frequently came up when we asked people in Charleston, Who makes this town go West Virginia in general and the Kanawha Valley region around Charleston are, of course, places where not enough has gone right for quite a long time The coal industry has inevitably shrunk and is shrinking further the big processing works that once gave the area the name Chemical Valley are mainly gone.So what was it like to run a recording career from here And to produce a national radio show from a state usually the object of condescension from coastal big city tastemakers Two themes ran through what Groce told us.One was about the possibilities and challenges of doing first tier creative work in what the world considers second or third tier locations This, obviously, was a major theme through all of our travels Whether they come out and say it or not, many of the countrys most ambitious people assume that work of a certain level requires being in a certain place This idea of a vast national sorting system for talent has huge ramifications They range from politics to the distortion of real estate prices in a handful of coastal big cities But as we continued to find, in countless other places across the country, people dont have to start out assuming that most of what they take home will immediately go out for the rent or mortgage This is because they have calculated thatin Duluth and Greenville or any of dozens of other places, they can build their company, pursue their ambition, and realize their dream without crowding into the biggest cities.As for Larry Groce, when he first got to West Virginia, he said he found it comfortable, because the way people here looked, acted, and even sounded reminded him of his grandparents and great aunts generation in Texas Which made sense, since many Texans of that era had migrated from Appalachia As he stayed, he came to appreciate its practicality, its lack of pretension, and its person to person level of generosity Practicality Its one of those places that has never had a boom, so booms and busts are relative If youre never up, you cant be down Lack of pretension Lots of people can make an album in the studio who cant do it live Mountain Stage is recorded before a live audience That is very West Virginia, too to deliver in person We have hillbillies, but well tell you what a hillbilly isyou outsiders dont tell us This was two years before J D Vances book Hillbilly Elegy made the term a staple of political conversation A hillbilly isnt an ignorant fool Hes a straightforward, self effacing, what you see is what you get person He relies on his friends because he doesnt trust a lot of other things He is not necessarily formally educated But he is smart Generosity If your car gets broken down, you want it to happen in West Virginia This whole stuff about Deliverance, its just the opposite If something happens, you want it to happen here People will stop and help Groce told the story of a national network correspondent who came to interview people nearby and found them unwilling to answer questions So he put up the hood of his car as if he were having engine trouble, and people came over to help him out and talk with him.Groce seemed content with and proud of his show and its cultural reach, but he was fully aware that since it is a national show, we have felt stereotypes people have about West Virginia.He said, One thing Ive learned over the years, when you put Mountain in the title of something, people think youre the fiddle and banjo show Which were not Of course, if we were just an old timey bluegrass country show, wed probably get national press, since wed fit expectations.We see the expectations in the stories that are generated about this place Have a mine disaster The reporters are all here Have a chemical spill All here Have something where it shows that some percentage of the children are poor or obese Yes But if you have Gabriel Kahane and Kate Miller Heidke on one show, and then James McMurtry, it doesnt fit the categories, doesnt make sense.If I am making Groce sound defensive in recounting this, Im misrepresenting him His tone was like that of a politician who understands, anthropologist style, that the press simply cant help concentrating on elections rather than governing but nonetheless realizes that his or her job comes down to governing.And the second theme Larry Groce reminded us of, beyond his insistence on the potential for the first rate from this locale His sense that West Virginia and Charleston, for all their travails, were moving in the right, rather than the wrong, direction.Lots of people who are older are looking backward, he said people can get stuck in I remember when Coal is dying, but its like a dangerous animal thats dying Its going to thrash.However, he said, younger people, as well as those from elsewhere, didnt have that memory They were starting new businesses and families and projects I think in the last ten years there has been a renaissance, he said Its easy to go to a place because the money is good Its different because you like being there I am optimistic about this place.James and Deborah Fallows have always moved to where history is being made They have an excellent sense of where world shaping events are taking place at any momentand a fervent commitment to be there to see it happen In these cities, the Fallows argue, citizen participants are coping with declining industries, creating new civic cultures, assimilating waves of immigration, and collaborating across party lines to revive everything from arts programs to tech seedbeds.David Brooks, The New York TimesAtonic of a book about the can do America unready to succumb to rot.Roger Cohen, The New York TimesReminiscent of Charles Kuralt s On The Road with Charles Kuralt, this unique look at the heart of America will bring hope and insight to readers Highly recommended.David Miller, Library JournalIve been waiting for this book for years.Buy this book.This country is united than dividedand this book will prove it.Joe Scarborough,co host of Morning Joe on MSNBCKnowing the Fallows and their work, I assumed this new co authored book of theirs would be typically savvy, sensitive, articulate and prescient What I didn t expect was how a record of experiences of current middle American communities, through their lenses, would be such a page turner I ve guessed for many years that real change in this world would be effected by and within small communities places where people feel connected and capable of impact on some larger scale Our Towns is a monumental validation of that hypothesiswith real stories and real people, who are really getting things done James Deborahthanks for your journey, your open and honest observations, and helping to shine light for us at the end of many tunnels David Allen, author of Getting Things Done the Art of Stress Free Productivity Our Towns will become a classic, joining the ranks of American odysseys from De Tocqueville to Dos Passos The landscape unfurls beneath us the language of different regions echoes in our ears Most important, this book is a tonic for what ails us as a nation, a captivating story of energy and renewal across the land Anne Marie Slaughter, President CEO, New AmericaIn the tradition of John Steinbeck and Studs Terkel, the Fallows have crisscrossed the country in search of the extraordinary strength and character of ordinary people and places What theyve foundin towns we know and others off the beaten pathshould give us all great hope for the future California Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.An illuminating trip through parts of the country generally missed by the media spotlight.Writing with lively curiosity and open minds, the couple have created textured portraits of 29 American cities, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Eastport, Maine, to Redlands, California A well reported, optimistic portrait of Americas future Kirkus Reviews An eye opening, keenly optimistic reminder of the strength of Americas vital center Publishers Weekly Our Towns A , Mile Journey Into the Heart of Our is an interesting and enjoyable read that makes me want to travel parts country this coastal elite normally never sees I strongly agree cities are engines growth development in our current state national paralysis by James Fallows, Deborah Fallows About NATIONAL BEST SELLER vivid, surprising portrait civic economic reinvention taking place America, town generally out view media realistically positive provocative between its coasts The Story a Towns The story journey, remaking itself will become classic, joining ranks American odysseys from De Tocqueville Dos Passos THe landscape unfurls beneath us language different regions echoes ears into America millions other books 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    • Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
    • 4.3
    • 513
    • Format Kindle
    • 432 pages
    • James Fallows
    • Anglais
    • 09 April 2016

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