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I keep meaning to come back and make writing here a regular thing. But a lot of time has passed, you know?

Anyway, I’m still here. And still writing. I hiked the AT, by the way.

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For now, anyway, here’s an essay I wrote on the new album by The Mountain Goats. It’s also about the movie Moonrise Kingdom, and I hope to start writing about movies regularly. I started this music review website thing called Eat Your Owner, so I’m always writing somewhere.

The Mountain Goats – Goths

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“There in the shade and hid from the sun we freed our minds and learned.
Our greatest reason for being here, our bodies moved and burned
There on our mountain bed of leaves we learned life’s reason why
The People laugh and love and dream, they fight, they hate to die.”

– Woody Guthrie

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Today

I realized,
maybe for the
first time,

this walk
will be
so long.

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App Trail

Let’s dispense with this part quickly. National Geographic did a documentary about the Appalachian Trail. I tried to watch it about a year ago on Netflix and the sound wasn’t working! This is an occasional problem with the streaming portion of the site, but usually gets resolved eventually. Upon watching it I was treated to a hodge-podge documentary which, at a run time of only 50 minutes, tries to stuff in the culture of the hikers, the history of the trail, some dangerous critters, and even the dangers of things like acid rain! It’s clearly overstuffed and unsure exactly which story it wants to tell. Nevertheless, it’s really earnest. Not a bad primer altogether, either. Watch out for ticks.

VERDICT: Only for potential thru-hikers I think. They should definitely watch it! Everyone should just read A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

SIDE (Really MAIN) NOTE: My friend Corey and I are planning our AT hike for next March. This will involve a very long, very weird break from conventional media. But also an incredibly exciting and difficult adventure for me! I’ll likely be updating more about this business as I go, but it seems pertinent to write about. I’m definitely the sort of creature who is searching for the next horizon. I’ve been planning this one for a while, but it’s exciting to think that it’s finally in sight.

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