Last May, I had the chance to spend two weeks in Alaska on a completely wild stretch of coast far from everything. I had many visitors. They all had hair, feathers or fins. There was no way to get news from the outside world, which must be the true mark of wilderness today. In short, absolute happiness. But what a shock when I got home… When you’re not immersed in it every day, the flood of mass shootings, heat records and corroded politicians ranting about dastardly conspiracies seems even crazier than it looks. would think it possible.
Camping in the wilderness isn’t for everyone, but there’s another way to step back and look at the current chaos from a little distance. It is to move away in time rather than in space.
Until last year, it never occurred to me to write anything resembling memoirs, because in my mind memoirs were reserved for exceptional beings, for people who had experienced something so significant that we could all learn something from their story.
For my part, I had had as statistically ordinary an American childhood as humanly possible. I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s in America’s iconic city, Lexington, Massachusetts, during the heyday of suburban housing. I went to excellent public schools and attended the kind of traditional Protestant church then central to social life. My father had a typical middle-class job, and my mother stayed home with her two sons. My Boy Scout group raised the flag on Battle Green on the Bicentenary[oftheBattleofLexingtononApril191775whichmarkedthebeginningof[delabatailledeLexingtondu19 avril1775quiamarquéledébu
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