image_2336.gifDwelling Portably 1980-1989
By Bert and Holly Davis
Published by Microcosm Publishing
5.5" x 8.5", 176 pages, BW

It's been ages since I've hitchhiked anywhere, or slept outside, or lived out of my car. I've been settled into my own apartment with a cat and a girlfriend for years. But now that I'm looking for a job in the hot beginning of a New York summer, the thought of just packing up and wandering off holds a certain appeal.

I picked up Microcosm's Dwelling Portably at Left Bank Books in Seattle and read it on a road trip to Boulder. The book is a collection of 10 years of Bert and Holly Davis' newsletter, Message Post: About Portable Dwelling and Long Camping. For the past 30 years, they've been cranking it out on a manual typewriter in their yurt. They share tons of fantastic useful information and stories about living a nomadic life with fellow travelers, who also frequently write in with their own two cents. You'll find diagrams and notes on how to make tools, portable showers, find seasonal jobs, stay warm at night while Winter camping; hitchhiking and freight train hopping guides; suggestions from people who live in their car, in tents, yurts, tipis, or nowhere at all. And perhaps my favorite thing about Dwelling Portably are the personal stories that surround the helpful information. I've talked about this before in reference to Straight To Hell... you have a zine with a really specific topic—gay sex in Straight to Hell and camping and nomadic living in Dwelling Portably—and people write in with their stories, and around the relevant information are these sort of mundane details about their lives, their likes and dislikes. These intimate details are the things that make the stories human and connect them to readers like me, someone who is neither a gay dude nor a person who camps or even leaves the city.

You can buy Dwelling Portably for $7.00 at Microcosm Publishing

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