Friday, May 13, 2016

Wide Open America

Anthony Bourdain
on America, patriotism, Montana, and the late writer Jim Harrison:
You may be the most cynical, born and bred, citified lefty like me — instinctively skeptical of big concepts like “patriotism”, relatively foreign to hunting culture, unused to wide open spaces, but spend any length of time traveling around Montana and you will understand what all that “purple mountains majesty” is all about, you’ll soon be wrapping yourself in the flag and yelling, “America, fuck yeah!” with an absolute and non-ironic sincerity that will take you by surprise. You will understand why and what people fought and died for  —  or at least perceived themselves to be fighting and dying for when, either defending Native American hunting grounds against Custer, or “defending America” against foreign aggressors  —  and you will be stunned, stunned and silenced by the breathtaking, magnificent beauty of Montana’s wide open spaces.

1 comment:

Donald McCaig said...

Dear Patrick,

Yes & no. I was born, raised and educated in Montana and it is still as spectacularly beautiful as it was. It is also a third world country - as one friend put it "Mississippi with shoes" a summer playground for movie stars and other 1 percenters.

When I was last in Livingstone Montana, the town of 17000 had seven art galleries, high altitude jets parked at the airport and you could hire a grown man - if you provided year around employment - for minimum wage.


Donald McCaig