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Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette: A Mostly Affectionate Account of a Small Town's Fight to Survive

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Bill Kauffman, a self-proclaimed "placeist" who believes that things urban are homogenizing our national scene, returned to his roots after a bumpy ride on the D.C. fast track. Rarely has he ventured forth since. Here he illuminates the place he loves, traveling from Batavia's scenic vistas to the very seams of its grimy semi-industrial pockets, from its architecturally in ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Picador (first published March 4th 2003)
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Only of interesting to someone who was raised in the neighborhood. Muckdogs are the local Batavia minor league team.
This is a great book with a great underlying theme - about localism and deep community - but you really have to be local to Genesee County, NY to really understand what Bill is writing about. Bill Kauffman's writing is honest and clear. He doesn't mince words. I don't think you can be any other way when you are writing about small towns and grassroots communitarianism.
Bill, as always, slows me down by making me reach for the dictionary on every paragraph (not that that is a bad thing). The Wal-mart chapter almost pushed this to 4 stars but it wasn't enough. This is a must read if you are from Genesee, or a neighboring county.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
He's talking about Batavia, NY, the town where I was born, so of course I have to read this.
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