Up here in the unusually warm and dry Pacific Northwest summer, amongst the various fires, residents are dwelling on something they usually don’t think or care about, and that is The New Yorker magazine. All them smart-ass new yawkers are crawling into fear-receptacles as they warn about “The Really Big One”— how an earthquake will “destroy a sizable portion of the Coastal Northwest. The question is when.”
Feral House’s main office is located in the center of this region, on a bluff where the Juan de Fuca Strait converges with Puget Sound, where shipping containers make their way down to ports in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia, and past the military-industrial’s nuclear submarines and munition outposts. It’s damn beautiful out here, and a major reason for the exciting landscapes is a geography created by glaciers and earthquakes from hundreds to thousands of years ago.
We were never far from the earthquake scene. In my early childhood L.A. quakes threw us out of bed, and induced my family into screaming fear sessions. Now the promised Northwest quake will be unearthly huge, perhaps bigger than any quake seen by man in the past few hundred years.
And in precise sync with this recent warning came boxes of the freshly printed Process Media Self-Reliance Series tome, Back to the Wild: A Practical Manual for Uncivilized Times, translated from the French book by Alain Saury. Saury, an enlightened dude and friend of Jean Cocteau, wrote this book in expectation of a traumatic period of human history in which civilization would be taken down, and survivors would need to get reeducated in wild ways of human history so that the species could carry on.
So he wrote this extraordinary book: 474 pages, hundreds of illustrations throughout, with practical advice dispensed in a poetic way. Feral Friday readers can be the first people to get this book. You can do so here: http://processmediainc.com/back-to-the-wild/
We want to thank our good Vermont friend Jon Graham with the insight to recommend this volume to us. Thanks Jon!