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Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice

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Knute "Skip" Berger is a Northwest original. And he is on constant watch for what's authentic and what's fake and foolish in the life of greater Pugetopolis-from cruise ships fouling the waters of Elliott Bay to the myth of Seattle nice to our vanishing sense of regional identity. Berger's "Mossback" writings, the best of which are gathered in this volume, amply demonstrate that this sharp-tongued curmudgeon with a conscience is required reading for people who call themselves ...
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Overview

Knute "Skip" Berger is a Northwest original. And he is on constant watch for what's authentic and what's fake and foolish in the life of greater Pugetopolis-from cruise ships fouling the waters of Elliott Bay to the myth of Seattle nice to our vanishing sense of regional identity. Berger's "Mossback" writings, the best of which are gathered in this volume, amply demonstrate that this sharp-tongued curmudgeon with a conscience is required reading for people who call themselves Northwesterners.
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Knute "Skip" Berger has been called the Jimmy Breslin of the Great Northwest, but even that comparison doesn't corral this Seattlite's robust eccentricity. To demonstrate, one only has to scan his online offerings, which feature titles like "Happy Genocidal Maniac Day," "Bigfoot Hunters Must Change Tactics," and "Indiana Jones, Meth Addict." In Pugetopolis, he rails against urban Nannyism, excesses of both the left and right, jackasses on jet skis, and the Microsoft-Starbucks Industrial Complex. Tickling Seattle's funny bone with wisdom.
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"He’s neither old-school nor new-school, which is to say he’s fad-resistant. The most overused, most sought-after word in modern American life? Authentic! That’s Mossback&#8212the alter ego he’s used for his columns of the last half-dozen years." &#8212
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570615726
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 954,291
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Columnist Laureate Timothy Egan xi

Appreciation xvii

Seattle Myths and Truths 1

Pugetopolis Unbound 3

The Myth of Seattle Nice 29

A Fine Rage, a Fresh Wind 32

Nanny-State Liberals and Neighborhood Creep 35

Bungvilla City 38

Seattle's Bold Bioneers 42

The Temple to Tripping 47

Ham-handed Art 51

Urban Art in Nature's Gallery 53

How Dense Can We Be? 56

The Latte Tax Is Just a Start 62

Paul Allen's Kool-Aid 66

The Route of All Evil 69

Race in Seattle: It's Mighty White of Us 74

The Long Boe-Bye: It's Over 84

Sex, Farm Animals, and the City 87

Civilization 91

Strait Flush 93

A Luddite Goes on an Electronics Spree 96

A Mossback Manifesto 100

In Defense of Irrationality 108

For Whom the School Bell Tolls 112

What I Learned as a Boy Scout 117

Who Would Jesus Punch for an Xbox? 121

Onward, Secular Soldiers! 124

Stumped in Puget Sound 128

The Future Ain't What It Used to Be 132

My Summer's Page-Burners 135

Dead-End America 138

No More Free Ride 140

Nature 145

Jet Ski Jackass 147

Golden Shower 150

Sharks and Spiders and Chimps, Oh MY! 152

Bitch-Slapping Bears, Bigfoot, and Mystery Moss 154

Mist and the Muse 157

Weather Wimps 160

How Green Is Our City? 164

Tragedy's Sacred Space 168

Gassing Geese 170

Love and Loss in the San Juan Islands 172

The Inconvenient Truth About Our National Parks 177

People 181

The Gambler 183

John Q. Liar 187

Mayor Munchkin 191

Brian Derdowski, Cul-de-Sacked 193

The Jerry Falwell of the Left 198

Bill Clinton's War Wound 200

Bones and Blonds 204

Good Men Dying 207

The Passion of Peter Steinbrueck 210

Politics 215

Kids Just Love Trains 217

The Monofail220

The Little Landmark That Could 224

Republicans in the Rain: Don't Dissolve Just Yet 228

What the Right Does Right 233

Yearning for a Strongman 236

Ballot Initiatives: Enema of the People? 240

Free-for-Sprawl 245

Boeing 7$7 247

The D Word 252

Absurdities and Contradictions 255

Mandatory Lutefisk 257

Seattle Weekly Needs a New Arena 260

Hobbits Versus Hobbes 264

Hallowed Be Thy Newsroom 268

Sighting the Great American Peckerwood 271

Score One for Googie 275

Index 281

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