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Blue Clay People by William Powers
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Read from July 24 to 27, 2015

Through much of this book I couldn't escape what a douchebag this guy came off as. He repeats the mantra, "It's not sustainable. It creates dependancy." even regarding gifting a beanie baby, thinks of his servant as his slave, tries to introduce guine apigs as a source of meat, and wonders he just can't accept the Liberian way of being non-monogamous. He gives his shoes to the chief! His shoes! Why? But maybe that's his way of showing growth. Because he doesn't seem quite so terrible at the end. At least not as terrible as his editor who missed that the author referred to the same woman (Liza) as two different nationalities and spelled a crapload of things wrong.

Also I can't believe his girlfriend still wanted a diamond and that Jacket became a frikkin' logger.

Full disclosure: I also worked for CRS for a bit. I'm also hyper aware of the typical development model and the inherent inequities. I preach about it often. Maybe I too am a douchebag.
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