Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Review of Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

I gakked this from Halvard Johnson on Facebook. Not the meth, the review, dummy.

Let's hope it's theft he doesn't mind. It is the NY Times after all.

Published: July 1, 2009

Think globally, suffer locally. This could be the moral of “Methland,” Nick Reding’s unnerving investigative account of two gruesome years in the life of Oelwein, Iowa, a railroad and meatpacking town of several thousand whipped by a methamphetamine-laced panic whose origins lie outside the place itself, in forces almost too great to comprehend and too pitiless to bear. The ravages of meth, or “crank,” on Oelwein and countless forsaken locales much like it are shown to be merely superficial symptoms of a vaster social dementia caused by, among other things, the iron dominion of corporate agriculture and the slow melting of villages and families into the worldwide financial stew.

More from the Times

This is happening as well in the Twin Tiers, the area where I grew up, particularly in Bradford County PA, whose county seat, Newsweek claimed a few years ago, is yet another Meth Valley.

They're EVERYWHERE, folks! Gitcher own.


Media Mentions said...

Now that you've mentioned meth, here's something you may want to know:

I can't believe people still take this stuff...


Rusty said...

I always figured NASCAR drivers were pretty clean, despite the stereotype. Who would want to drive all hopped up?

I don't understand why people don't take this shit seriously, either. In the case of my home counties, I might have a better idea: zero zilch zip nada to do. Drinks, drugs, fourwheeling, hunting. That's it.