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September 02, 2011


Daryl Farmer

Thanks for this, James. I greatly relate, having been an outsider in a variety of places for most of my adult life, but also hailing from a place that is often misrepresented by those who write about it. Or, at least it feels that way. I like what you say about listening, too. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen." --Ernest Hemingway

Most people, maybe. But those of us writers still Cheechakos up here in this North better.


What a great way to think about learning a new place. I also find that reading--both types of writing you identify--is a huge part of my learning process too.

On a separate note, I posted this post on my own blog (hope that's okay)--it's my blog for my place-conscious teaching. http://minnesotababine.blogspot.com/2011/09/while-writing-lecture-on-setting-for.html

Glad to hear you're doing well!



Hey James, hang in there. I've been in Alaska almost twelve years now and am just beginning to feel "at home." I write poetry and other things down here in Homer. If you guys are up for a road trip, come down to see us. Fairbanks is a great town, lots of fabulous writers and plenty of great people on staff at UAF. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

take care!

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