Stewart Brand on Why the Country Sucks

Short but fascinating Power Q & A with the great environmental activist Stewart Brand, courtesy of the revamped Mother Jones:

MJ: What is your favorite personal energy-saving trick?

SB: I live in a tugboat with 450 square feet. And living in a city
is bloody brilliant, especially in Manhattan, which has good public transit
and punishes you for driving.

MJ: That’s surprising, since the Whole Earth Catalog was so much

SB: Right! Back-to-the-land. I did the catalog so I could help
[communes] without actually having to live on one. Partly that’s due to the
boredom of the remote countryside. You wind up in a very repetitive soap
opera, and that’s why everybody in the world is running to town as fast as
they can.

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

One thought on “Stewart Brand on Why the Country Sucks

  1. Yeah, I live in a fairly idyllic setting, just outside of town and ten minutes to work, but I’m beginning to suspect that farm livin’ ain’t the life fer me. The big city is beginning to make a lot of sense.


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